General Motors and Honda have unveiled the logo for their joint venture, Fuel Cell Manufacturing LLC, a company that will produce fuel cells at GM’s Brownstown, Michigan, battery plant.
The new imitative between the two automakers will produce fuel cells starting in 2020 and add 100 new jobs at the plant. The joint venture was initiated with the goal of bringing down the cost production of fuel cells and provide economies of scale for the popular propulsion method. The companies are investing $85 million total in the joint venture.
This venture leverages a single, jointly developed design that will be produced in a jointly owned manufacturing company capable of scaling fuel cell production to high volume. This enables common development investment, increased scale economies, shared sourcing from common suppliers, and faster learning cycles — all with the combined resources of two fuel cell industry leaders, GM says.
GM and Honda have long been a proponent of sustainability. In 2016, 11 GM facilities were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification. In 2014, Honda finalized installation of two power-producing wind turbines at its plant in Russells Point, Ohio.
Fuel Cell Manufacturing, LLC won an Environmental Leader 2017 Product of the Year Award.