Honda and GM might be fierce competitors when it comes to selling cars, but the two firms are cooperating behind the scenes.
Reuters said recently that the two companies, which have collaborated in the laboratory since as early as 2013, are in talks to work together to obtain and manufacture fuel cells. The end result should be lower costs for both firms, which are increasingly relying on fuel cells for eco-friendly cars.
Details of the partnership remain relatively slim and it’s unclear how advanced the talks are. Honda is reportedly particularly interested given that its first fuel-cell vehicle targeted at the broader auto market in Japan, the Clarity, just recently launched. As it plans to continue to launch these types of vehicles, and as GM continues to do so in the U.S., the two firms might be better off partnering than going at it alone.
The savings that a partnership should create for both firms may eventually trickle down to consumers, which would equate to more affordable cars with fuel cell technology.