General Motors and General Hydrogen Announce 25-Year Collaboration

June 24, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

General Motors Corp. (GM, Detroit, MI) and General Hydrogen Corp. (Canada) announced a 25-year collaboration intended to accelerate the spread of a hydrogen infrastructure, and to speed the introduction of fuel cell vehicles into markets in North America, Europe, Asia and emerging economies. The strategic alliance will focus on several key areas, including hydrogen storage, fuel cell vehicle refueling, energy services, advanced materials, power electronics and electric power production.

“General Hydrogen is an exceptional company with a tremendous management team and a very exciting future,” said Larry Burns, GM vice president for research and development. “We believe we've added a franchise player to our GM team. This relationship brings together an impressive group of world leaders in the development of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. We look forward to working together with Geoffrey Ballard and his team to create a hydrogen infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles.”

Geoffrey E. H. Ballard, General Hydrogen chair, commented, “We are very excited to be partnering with the world's largest automobile manufacturer and a leading developer of fuel cell technology. General Hydrogen and GM will work together to bring about a global hydrogen infrastructure capable of supporting large numbers of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.”