The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: General Motors, Honda Motor, Toyota Motor, Ford Motor and Nissan Motor

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: General Motors, Honda Motor, Toyota Motor,
                         Ford Motor and Nissan Motor

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CHICAGO, July 16, 2013

CHICAGO, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks.com announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include General Motors Company
(NYSE:GM-Free Report), Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC-Free Report), Toyota Motor
Corp. (NYSE:TM-Free Report), Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F-Free Report) and Nissan
Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY-Free Report).

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

GM, Honda to Develop Fuel Cell Vehicles

The leaders in hydrogen fuel cell technology, General Motors Company
(NYSE:GM-Free Report) and Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC-Free Report), entered a
long-term agreement to collaborate on development of next-generation fuel cell
vehicles in order to meet the fuel economy standard set in the U.S.

Both GM and Honda have more than 1,200 fuel cell patents between them, filed
between 2002 and 2012, and experimental vehicle fleets. They are the top two
companies in terms of total fuel cell patents according to the Clean Energy
Patent Growth Index.

Both companies aim to develop the vehicles by 2020. The alliance will bring
down their costs in building this expensive technology by sharing each other's
expertise and suppliers.

Why Fuel Cell Vehicles?

The U.S. mandate requires corporate average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per
gallon by 2020 and there is no better competent than fuel cell vehicles. Why?
Fuel cells have highly fuel-efficient technology compared to gasoline and
electric batteries. Secondly, it has a longer driving range (up to 400 miles)
than electric cars but pollutes less than gasoline vehicles.

Fuel cell vehicles use a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to
generate power in an electric motor. They are not pollutants because they emit
water vapor and heat instead of smoke, and the water vapor can run five times
longer than electric cars.

Fuel cell vehicles reduce dependency on petroleum. They can also be recharged
in as little as three minutes compared with eight hours of recharging an
electric battery.

Available Fuel Cell Vehicles

So far, there are only two fuel cell vehicle models available – Honda FCX
Clarity and the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell. Among them, FCX Clarity achieved the
World Green Car title in 2009. Honda plans to launch the revamped version of
FCX Clarity in Japan and the U.S. in 2015, and later in Europe.

Some of the global automakers are also trying to develop fuel-cell vehicles
through collaborations. In Jan, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM-Free Report) and
BMW AG announced plans to launch fuel-cell vehicles by the end of this decade.
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F-Free Report) and Nissan Motor Co. (OTC:NSANY-Free
Report) have also announced a tie-up to build fuel-cell vehicles within five
years.

Headwinds

Despite several advantages, the road to adoption of fuel cell vehicles looks
patchy. The major barrier to production of fuel cell vehicles is its cost,
mainly associated with the platinum required to start the chemical reaction
within the fuel cell.

Secondly, lack of hydrogen stations in the U.S. is a concern. These stations
are also concentrated in a few locations in the U.S. and need huge investment
to build (more than $1 million).

Therefore, collaborations in fuel-cell technology look sensible as they seem
to address the cost issue, whether for building the technology itself or the
network of hydrogen stations.

Currently, General Motors retain a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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