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Honda Unveils Hydrogen Concept

November 22, 2013 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

FCEV Concept Has Smaller Yet More Powerful Fuel Cell Stack

American Honda unveiled the “sleekly styled” Honda FCEV Concept at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on Wednesday. The concept car, with more powerful fuel cell stack and better driveline component packaging for a more specious interior, “expresses a potential styling direction for Honda’s next-generation fuel-cell vehicle anticipated to launch in the U.S. and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe,” the company said.

‘Powertrain Packaging Efficiencies’ boost passenger space in Honda’s FCEV Concept.

‘Powertrain Packaging Efficiencies’ boost passenger space in Honda’s FCEV Concept.

The new Honda fuel cell stack is 60% more energy dense than the unit in the existing FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car.

Put another way, power density of 3 kilowatts per liter yields 100 kilowatts of power output from a stack that’s 33% smaller than Clarity’s.

Honda FCEV Concept

Honda FCEV Concept

The new car, with 10,000-psi hydrogen fuel storage, will have a single-fill range of better than 300 miles, up from Clarity’s EPA-rated 240 miles.

Technology Is Applicable to Battery Cars Too

“The Honda FCEV Concept hints at Honda’s future direction for fuel-cell vehicles,” American Honda Motor Company president and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura said.

“While this car is a concept, it points toward a very real future.”

“The Honda FCEV Concept not only sets our direction for our next generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, but for future improvements in electric drive technology,” said senior VP Mike Accavitti. “The advancements we are making are substantial, meaningful and very real.”

All of the current Clarity drivers present at the Los Angles unveiling of the FCEV Concept said they’d like to be first for the new vehicle, Honda fuel cell vehicle marketing manager Steve Ellis told F&F. 

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Source: American Honda with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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