It’s But One of Several ‘Next Generation Advanced Powertrain’ Initiatives
Including a New All-Electric Vehicle and a Plug-In Hybrid Model by 2018
Honda has shown its hydrogen fuel cell-powered FCV Concept vehicle as one of a raft of “next generation advanced powertrain vehicles” targeted for 2018. In addition to the new fuel cell car replacing the FCX Clarity, they’re to include a new battery-electric vehicle and new plug-in hybrid model by 2018, with “further application of two- and three-motor hybrid systems.”
The reveal took place as expected at NAIAS, the North America International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit (F&F, December 17).
The new line-up is to enable Honda “to continue to be a strong competitor in the alternative-fuels vehicle market… these vehicles will offer significant volume enabling Honda to bring ultra-low carbon transportation to consumers in the U.S.”
FCX Clarity Seated Four
The new fuel cell vehicle has a 10,000-psi/700-bar hydrogen storage system affording a single-fill range of some 300 miles. The five-passenger car’s fuel cell stack is 33% smaller with a 60% increase in power density compared to the stack in the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity, the company says. The entire FCV Concept powertrain fits under the hood, freeing up passenger space and eliminating design constraints.
“The Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of Honda’s next fuel-cell vehicle,” Honda says, “anticipated to launch in the U.S. following its March 2016 introduction in Japan.”
‘Harmony Between Man and Machine’
Honda describes “a low, wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines,” and an interior that “strives to achieve harmony between man and machine by taking advantage of new powertrain packaging efficiencies.”
The NAIAS 2015 press preview began yesterday and continues today. The industry preview is January 14-15, and the Cobo Hall event is open to the public January 17-25.
Separately, Honda said that after 65 years, it has manufactured its 300 millionth motorcycle, a Honda Gold Wing produced at the company’s Kumamoto Factory in Japan. American Honda motorcycle division VP Bob Gurga called it an “incredible milestone.” Honda said it began mass production of motorcycles in Japan in 1949 when it built the Honda 98cc Dream Type-D.
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