Honda and GM Join Forces on Fuel Cell Vehicles; Oil Companies Shell and Total Are Installing Chargers at Their Gas Stations; Tesla Motors Changed Its Name to Tesla
Honda and GM Join Forces on Fuel Cell Vehicles
According to Reuters, Honda and GM formed a joint venture Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC to produce fuel cell power systems. Companies will together put $85 million to build a production line for this purpose at a GM plant in Michigan. The companies target around 2020 to start production and share the power systems in car models from both companies.
Honda currently sells its Clarity fuel cell sedan in both the US and Japan. GM does not have any fuel cell model at the moment.
Oil Companies Shell and Total Are Installing Chargers at Their Gas Stations
According to Green Car Reports, Shell and Total decided recently to include EV charging stations at their gas stations. Shell will add this function in both the UK and the Netherlands later this year, while Total is considering its domestic areas.
They are not the only oil companies that show interest in EV. Ricker’s Oil in Indiana added 9 DC fast-charging stations at its gas stations in 2015.
Tesla Motors Changed Its Name to Tesla
According to Reuters, Tesla Inc dropped “Motors” in its old name on Feb 1st. The change reflects the company’s move into new energy technologies from electric car products.
Besides the electric car lineup, Tesla also has businesses covering the Powerwall home battery storage systems, solar cell roof tiles, solar energy services (with SolarCity) and batteries from the Gigafactory.