Continuing over a decade of leadership and development in fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) technology, the Honda FCV Concept as made its North American debut in Detroit at this year’s auto show. A successor to Honda’s FCX Clarity – the first fuel-cell vehicle to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the world, according to Honda – the FCV Concept demonstrates the evolution and advancements in interior and exterior styling and development for the next Honda FCV.
Compared to its predecessor, the four-seat Honda FCX Clarity, the FCV Concept provides drivers and passengers more cabin space that has translated into an additional seat. In addition to the extra room and passenger seat, the new Honda FCV is expected to have an estimated driving range over 300 miles and an approximate refueling time of 3 minutes. The fuel cell stack increased by 60 percent in power density and decreased by 33 percent in size when compared to the FCX Clarity.
After its world debut in Japan on Nov. 17, 2014, Honda announced that it would provide FirstElement Fuel with $13.8 million to build hydrogen-refueling stations in California to promote FCVs. The FCV is expected to launch in the U.S. after its introduction in Japan in March 2016.
Honda also announced plans to advance ultra-low carbon technologies and introduce a portfolio of next-generation advanced powertrain vehicles by 2018. This includes: an all-new Honda plug-in hybrid model (PHEV); all-new Honda battery-electric vehicle (BEV); and further application of their two- and three-motor hybrid systems to contribute to significant sales volume growth for Honda’s U.S. hybrid vehicle lineup.
Additionally, as an extension of its Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrain lineup, Honda announced that it will begin introducing the new 4-cylinder VTEC® Turbo engine that increases driving performance while being fuel efficient. The new VTEC® Turbo engines will be produced later this year at the brand’s largest automobile engine plant in Anna, Ohio where Honda invested $340 million for VTEC® Turbo 4-cylinder engine production.