A fleet of Honda's next-generation FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicle) will be coming to the UK.
Although the semi-experimental fuel cell car is likely only to arrive in small numbers, Honda's European fuel cell project engineer Thomas Brachmann says the company will introduce the production version of the latest FCEV concept "to Germany and the UK in early 2016." That will follow the car’s introduction to Japan and the US in 2015.
Up to 2000 demonstrator units of the FCEV will be built worldwide, with those cars being leased to customers. That approach was also taken with Honda's hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity.
Although prices for the FCEV have not been revealed, the technical aims of the new programme "are to improve the consistency of stack quality in volume production and reduce the quantity of precious metals it uses," says Brachmann. In terms of making fuel cell cars cost-competitive "we’re making good progress, but have not reached our cost target. If we can succeed in (making it) in high volume by 2020, we’ll be well on the way."