GM enlists U.S. Army for fuel-cell research

More good news for Michigan: At the beginning of the month, GM announced that it is expanding its collaboration with the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), based in Michigan, to develop hydrogen fuel-cell technology.GM's military fuel cell fleet

The five-year research and development agreement will focus on testing the durability and performance of fuel-cell materials, according to a story on Green Car Reports. GM is building a new fuel-cell development facility in Pontiac, about 20 miles from TARDEC's newly opened fuel-cell research laboratory in Warren.

The Army isn't GM's only fuel-cell development partner, either.

The collaboration reflects a growing trend in developing new technologies in the auto industry. GM has already announced a partnership with Honda to develop fuel-cell systems and hydrogen-storage technologies.

Seeking partners for fuel cell research allows GM to share the costs of developing these inherently complicated technologies, the Green Car Reports story noted. “This takes some of the risk from what is, for the time being, still a developmental technology for most car makers.”