Japanese manufacturer to bring hydrogen fuel-cell-powered cars to market by the end of the decade

Honda is planning to mass-produce hydrogen fuel cell cars by 2020.

The Japanese manufacturer's FCV was revealed at the Geneva motor show in March and was described as a late-stage concept.

“It’s relatively close to the production car,” said Thomas Brachmann, head of powertrain development at Honda. “We may need to revise some body parts, but it’s very close.”

Brachmann wouldn’t be drawn on how many FCVs the firm intended to produce but said it didn’t want to distribute just 250 to 1000 cars a year.

There are hurdles still to be overcome, such as the infrastructure required to refuel the cars, but Honda believes the technology has its place. “Norway, for example, was focusing on electric cars two years ago, but now they want something with a longer range,” said Brachmann.

The zero-emissions FCV has a range of about 300 miles and be refuelled in five minutes, but Brachmann estimates that it will be 10 to 15 years before the technology is widely accepted.

“This is likely unless we change the marketing strategy and also society, in which case it might be faster,” he said. “But we are prepared to have a wide powertrain mix over time until everyone appreciates and accepts fuel cell electric vehicles.”

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23 May 2015
Buyers of these cars only want something which shouts about how painfully right-on and green they are; the car itself need not be more than borderline useless. It could do less than eighty miles and take all night to recharge and they'd not give a damn. In fact, most electric vehicles are exactly like that.

23 May 2015
Huh its a hydrogen car, you fill it up with hydrogen like a normal petrol car.

23 May 2015
I mean you fill it up with hydrogen, like you would fill up a petrol car with petrol. Why is this commenting system so dunderheaded?

23 May 2015
fill it anywhere

 

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23 May 2015
..no mention of cost per mile, at best you'll save a fortune 'cause you won't find anywhere to buy any Hydrogen. At worst you spend £55,000 on a average family hatchback that'll have running costs exactly the same as a petrol car (and alot more than a plug-in). Please until someone mass produces this rubbish can autocar stop acting as an advertising portal for pie in the sky ideas.

 

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23 May 2015
xxxx wrote:
..no mention of cost per mile, at best you'll save a fortune 'cause you won't find anywhere to buy any Hydrogen. At worst you spend £55,000 on a average family hatchback that'll have running costs exactly the same as a petrol car (and alot more than a plug-in). Please until someone mass produces this rubbish can autocar stop acting as an advertising portal for pie in the sky ideas.
I am sure Autocar wont stop telling us about these things, i hope not. And at £55,000 its an electric car that can rival a tesla for range, yet refill much more quickly when it needs to (assuming there is an infrastructure). And as they develop the costs will come down and the ability get better. I for one much prefer the idea of Hydrogen to lugging a huge battery pack about if i cant use petrol. I do a regular 400 mile journey, something i can do without stopping for fuel now. i could do the same journey by hydrogen with one quick fuel stop. A battery car would take far longer.......As for costs, its down to tax isnt it? If Petrol and diesel were taxed at just 5% like electricity no one would be interested in electric car costs. But we would have road charging or some other way of the government getting our money.

23 May 2015
If you're not interested or just don't understand the need for progress in a changing world then why bother participating on a website that deals with automotive news not automotive history dickheads!! Norma hasn't got even a basic understanding of the topic being commented on so has embarrassed him/herself and XXXX can't understand the simple premise that a brand new developing technology won't instantly have the massive infrastructure required to make it usable for every single person and it might take a period of time to make it so. Why don't you both fuck off to classic car if you want to talk about "the good old days"??

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23 May 2015
The promise of fast fuelling and a petrol like range are rather attractive propositions. Honda has been at the forefront of the hydrogen technology and one of the first to offer production H cars. Electric and hydrogen cars can exist side by side just as petrol and diesel do today.

24 May 2015
As you don't like my comments about the running costs etc then why not come up with a counter argument, otherwise you're just showing how ignorant you are. You're either a hydrogen fan boy who I've offended in the past and are on sad journey of revenge or a troll, either way go back in your little hole. If you think my pro stance on the plug-in is classic car stuff you're more stupid they even I thought!

 

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24 May 2015
xxxx wrote:
As you don't like my comments about the running costs etc then why not come up with a counter argument, otherwise you're just showing how ignorant you are. You're either a hydrogen fan boy who I've offended in the past and are on sad journey of revenge or a troll, either way go back in your little hole. If you think my pro stance on the plug-in is classic car stuff you're more stupid they even I thought!
Can you not even read properly XXXX!? Where in my post does it say anything about the running costs?? I questioned your ability to realize that a new form of fueling will always initially be hampered by it's supply network, I would expect a 5 year old to have been able to understand it! If your going to assume that anyone who questions you is either a fan boy or a troll then you've got too higher of an opinion of yourself, anybody with semi intelligence can pick holes in what you say and will point it out to you!! And your trying to make out I'm stupid!!!

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