Vehicle for March 2016 in Japan, Then the U.S. and Europe
Honda unveiled its FCV Concept hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on Monday, and pledged to release plans to boost California’s public hydrogen fueling network at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which kicks off for media today.
“The Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of Honda’s fuel-cell vehicle anticipated to launch in Japan by March of 2016, followed by U.S. and Europe,” the firm says.
The interior of the new five-passenger vehicle is free of fuel cell hardware, as the entire fuel cell powertrain “fits completely within the front engine compartment of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential application of fuel-cell technology to multiple vehicle models in the future.”
A Far Smaller and More Powerful Fuel Cell Stack
Honda further reports improvements to its proprietary fuel cell stack yielding more than 100 kilowatts – 134 horsepower – of power output. Power density is now 3.1 kilowatts per liter, an increase of 60%, from a stack that’s 33% smaller than that of the Honda FCX Clarity, which was launched in 2008.
The single-fill range target for the new FCV is more than 300 miles. The vehicle has a 10,000-psi fuel storage system.
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