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GM and US Army to work together on hydrogen fuel cell technology

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A joint development project has been recently announced between General Motors and the US Army, meant to develop hydrogen fuel cell technologies for use in future vehicles.

According to this agreement between the two, GM will expand its existing collaboration with the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, and its goal is to develop a full-scale cell propulsion system within the next five years by using a program based on sharing resources and ideas.

GM says that if the collaboration is successful, it could become the global industry leader in the development of petrol-free vehicles. At the same time, TARDEC will gain access to efficient and environmentally friendly energy production methods capable of serving both military and civilian situations.

This will be the second partnership that GM will be entering into this year with the overall goal of developing hydrogen powered vehicles. In July, GM announced that it was partnering up with Honda in a long-term agreement to co-develop a fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies by 2020.

We should mention that apart from these two agreements, GM is also pursuing its own fuel cell program. The ‘Project Driveway’ program, launched in 2007, has developed and tested 119 hydrogen-powered vehicles and about five million kilometers of road testing; the American automotive giant is actually working on building an independent fuel cell development centre.

The hydrogen fuel cell technology holds tremendous potential so that one day it might help reduce our dependence on refined oil products.

Hydrogen fuel cell technology addresses two major challenges of conventionally powered cars today: the use of petrol and carbon dioxide emissions. The idea behind this technology is for the future fuel cell vehicles to operate on hydrogen, which is a renewable resource which can be made from sources like wind and biomass with the only byproduct being water vapor.

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