If there’s one thing Honda isn’t popular for, it’s building tough trucks and workhorses. That’s might soon change, though, because the carmaker will be building trucks in the near future through its newest partnership with fellow Japanese automotive manufacturer Isuzu.
Understandable, since commercial vehicles are more Isuzu’s forte. But don’t expect traditional heavy-duty trucks to come out of this collaboration: Honda is planning to use its prowess in fuel-cell technologies to build hydrogen-powered trucks with the help of Isuzu, and it aims to launch these into the market at the soonest time possible. Honda says that this is the first time an outside company will have access to its fuel cells.
Honda’s statement reads: “Taking advantage of the respective strengths each company has amassed over a long period of time—that is, Isuzu’s strengths in the development of heavy-duty trucks and Honda’s strengths in the development of FC—the two companies will strive to establish the foundation for basic technologies such as FC powertrain and vehicle control technologies.”
While the words ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘trucks’ don’t always go together in the same sentence any better than ‘Honda’ and ‘workhorses’ do, it’s hard to argue that this move from both companies is a step in the right direction. At least here in the Philippines, cargo trucks and their overworked diesel engines contribute a lot to pollution in the city, so the idea of having emission-free workhorses plying our roads seems pretty promising if you ask us.
“Through this joint research, Isuzu and Honda will not only realize clean, low-noise, low-vibration heavy-duty trucks customers are waiting for, but also promote expansive discussions by the industry so that the use of FC trucks and hydrogen energy can contribute to the future prosperity of the logistics industry and all other industries in our society and to the early realization of hydrogen society,” adds Honda.
Are you also looking forward to seeing what Honda and Isuzu will roll out in the future?