Honda concept previews 2015 hydrogen fuel cell cars
The latest concept follows the launch of the FCX, billed as the world’s first production fuel-cell vehicle, in 2002 and will bear the distinction of being the first vehicle to use a fuel-cell powertrain in the engine bay, with resultant improvements in cabin space as well as the use of the technology for other vehicle types in the future.
The carmaker has also said that significant technological advancements to the fuel-cell stack have resulted in a 60%-plus increase in power density as well as 33% reduction in the size of the stack compared to the FCX Clarity. Honda claims a driving range of more than 300 miles for the FCEV with quick refuelling of about three minutes.
Honda’s current fuel cell-electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity, was launched in July 2008 and has been leased to customers in the US.
Earlier this year, American Honda joined the public-private partnership H2USA, which brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel-cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States.
In July 2013, Honda entered into a long-term collaborative agreement with General Motors to co-develop the next-generation of fuel-cell systems and hydrogen storage technologies, with an anticipated 2020 timeframe.
‘The Honda FCEV Concept hints at Honda’s future direction for fuel-cell vehicles,’ said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. 'While this car is a concept, it points toward a very real future.’