The debut of this latest FCV Concept continues more than a decade of Honda leadership in the development of FCV technology. The original FCX became the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel-cell vehicle in July 2002, going on to become the world’s first production fuel-cell vehicle when it was introduced to the U.S. and Japan in December 2002. In 2003, the FCX became the first fuel-cell vehicle to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures, and the first FCV to be leased to an individual customer, in 2005.
Honda’s commitment to fuel-cell development was further underlined in 2008 when it became the first manufacturer to build and produce a dedicated fuel-cell vehicle on a production line specifically made for fuel-cell vehicles, and the first to create a fuel-cell vehicle dealer network.
Honda’s showcases next-generation of FCV at NAIAS
Honda picked the NAIAS as the most favorable occasion to exhibit its next-gen FCV and showcase the exterior and interior styling evolution of the brand’s next zero emissions FCV Concept, which is due to be launched in Japan in March 2016, followed by the U.S. and Europe.
The new FCV Concept features a spacious cabin with seating for five passengers, a driving range estimated to be in excess of 483 kilometers (300 miles), and an anticipated refuelling time of approximately three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa. Its fuel cell stack, which fits entirely under the bonnet, is 33 percent smaller with a 60 percent increase in power density compared to that in the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity.
As the next progression in Honda’s dynamic FCV styling, the Honda FCV Concept features a low, wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines. The interior strives to achieve harmony between man and machine by taking advantage of new powertrain packaging efficiencies delivering even greater passenger space than the four-seater FCX Clarity.