Honda to develop Isuzu’s fuel cell system

Isuzu trucks

A new partnership agreement will see Honda Motor Co. develop and supply the fuel cell system for Isuzu Motors Limited’s fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck planned for 2027.

Since the agreement in January 2020 to conduct joint research on heavy-duty trucks utilising fuel cells (FC) as the powertrain, Isuzu and Honda have been working towards the foundation for basic technologies such as the compatibility of fuel cells and heavy-duty trucks and vehicle control technologies.

The two companies are planning to start demonstrating testing of a prototype truck on public roads before the end of the current financial year (ending 31 March 2024).

“By fully leveraging experience and knowledge gained through the joint research, the two companies will continue making progress in the development of products that fulfil the performance and conditions required for heavy-duty trucks and satisfy customers,” a Honda spokesperson said.

Moving forward, Honda and Isuzu will take advantage of each others’ strengths and accelerate the development of clean, low-noise, low-vibration fuel cell-powered heavy-duty trucks.

According to Honda, this will contribute to the shift toward the use of clean energy by the entire industry, with more proactive use of hydrogen energy.

“Isuzu and Honda believe that fuel cell technology, utilising hydrogen as fuel resulting in no CO2 emissions, will be effective to achieve carbon neutrality of heavy-duty trucks which are required to address large load capacity, long-time use, long-distance driving and the need for quick refuelling.”

“Both companies will strive to achieve the shared goal – which is the realisation of a carbon neutral society”.

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