Latest Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car to Be Unveiled on January 12
American Honda will stage the U.S. debut of its latest hydrogen fuel cell car, the Honda FCV Concept, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 12, the company said this morning.
The next-generation Honda FCV “is intended to provide significant gains in packaging, interior space, cost reduction and real-world performance, including an anticipated driving range in excess of 300 miles,” Honda says.
NAIAS 2015 takes place at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Press preview is January 12-13 and industry preview is January 14-15. The event is open to the public January 17-25.
“As the next progression in Honda’s dynamic FCV styling, the Honda FCV Concept features a low and wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines,” states a release.
A Long History for Honda in Fuel Cells
The Honda FCV Concept made its world debut in Japan on November 17 (F&F, November 18), followed by an announcement that Honda will provide FirstElement Fuel with $13.8 million in financial assistance to build additional hydrogen refueling stations throughout the state of California in an effort to support the wider introduction of fuel-cell vehicles.
“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 Honda FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle, including seating for up to five people.”
The concept “showcases the styling evolution of Honda’s next fuel-cell vehicle, anticipated to launch in the U.S., following its introduction in Japan, which is scheduled to occur by March 2016.”
Honda notes that its original FCX became the first U.S. EPA- and California Air Resources Board-certified fuel cell vehicle in July 2002. The FCX also was the world’s first production fuel-cell vehicle, introduced to the U.S. and Japan in December 2002.
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