American Honda Motor Co, Inc. has joined H2USA, a new public-private partnership launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) earlier this month to promote the commercial introduction and widespread adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles. (Earlier post.)
Honda is looking forward to working with the U.S. Department of Energy, other automakers and related stakeholders to expand the market and infrastructure for FCEVs. As the first company to lease a hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle to retail consumers (Honda FCX) in the US, we believe FCEVs are important to the future of electric-drive, zero-emission transportation. This public-private partnership is a necessary step to continue the development of a hydrogen refueling infrastructure for FCEV customers and leverage other hydrogen energy sources, including natural gas and renewables, allowing consumers in many parts of the country to take advantage of this clean, low-carbon transportation option.—Steven Center, VP of Environmental Business Development
Other automakers in the partnership include Hyundai Motor America, Mercedes-Benz USA, Nissan North America Research and Development, and Toyota Motor North America.