General Motors and BMW are planning to collaborate on hydrogen fuel-cell technology for passenger cars. GM has invested almost $2 billion in development costs of hydrogen fuel-cell systems. GM focuses its fuel-cell R&D in Germany, which lends itself well to the possible collaboration.
BMW failed in its efforts to develop cryogenic hydrogen which is why the company is looking to partner with GM’s research efforts. BMW will contribute to research costs in exchange for the technology developed by GM.
BMW is also involved in a joint partnership with PSA Peugeot-Citroën to co-develop hybrid systems and a collaboration with Toyota for lithium-ion battery development.
One of the issues that will inhibit the rapid proliferation of hydrogen cars in the US is the lack of refueling infrastructure.
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