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Isuzu Motors and Honda are to undertake joint research on heavy-duty trucks, utilizing fuel cells (FC) as the powertrain and help the automobile industry address the on-going global challenge of reducing its environmental footprint.

Isuzu has been researching and developing various powertrains including clean diesel engines, engines for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and electric vehicle (EV) powertrains, which accommodate a broad range of customer needs and how vehicles are used. In parallel, Honda has been working toward the realization of a carbon-free society and, in addition to hybrid and battery electric vehicles, has been researching and developing fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), the ultimate environmental technology, for more than 30 years.

Isuzu is striving to expand its lineup of next-generation powertrains for heavy-duty trucks, while Honda is looking to expand the application of its FC technologies beyond use for passenger vehicles. Sharing the same technological research goals, the two companies reached an agreement to conduct joint research on heavy-duty FC trucks.

Taking advantage of the respective strengths each company has amassed over a long period of time, the two companies will strive to establish the foundation for basic technologies such as FC powertrain and vehicle control technologies. Moreover, 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.

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