February 24, 2006
Toyota and GM to end joint fuel-cell research
Tokyo, Japan – A report from the Green Car Congress says that Toyota and General Motors plan to end their joint research on fuel-cell vehicle development at the end of March, due to a lack of progress. The two companies are expected to extend their alliance in other areas, such as safety technologies, until March 2008.
In 1999, the two companies agreed to cooperate on fuel-cell research; according to the report, the automakers apparently concluded that they will not include fuel-cell development in the extended alliance because commercial production of such vehicles is not expected for about ten more years.