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GM, Honda Partner on Fuel-Cell Technology

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The automakers announced an agreement to co-develop a fuel-cell system and hydrogen storage technologies by 2020. Both companies are also committed to furthering the hydrogen refueling infrastructure — a big hurdle to widespread adoption of the technology.

Fuel-cell partnerships are nothing new. Nissan, Daimler and Ford have committed to the development of a fuel-cell-powered vehicle by 2017, and BMW and Toyota by 2020. But alas, the years keep adding up. Last year, for example, Toyota announced plans to have a practical, production-ready hydrogen vehicle for sale by 2015.  

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Honda started leasing a test fleet of its FCX fuel-cell car in 2002, but only 85 hit the streets; the FCX Clarity followed and Honda says its successor will be launched in the U.S. and Japan in 2015. There’s no word, however, about public availability. “GM will announce its fuel-cell production plans at a later date,” the automaker said in a statement.

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