Honda's next fuel-cell car given world debut at LA motor show, new powertrain capable of 300-plus miles
11 November 2013

The Honda FCEV concept has been revealed at the LA motor show.

The concept “expresses a potential styling direction” for the next generation of Honda’s fuel-cell electric vehicle. That model is due to launch in North America and Japan in 2015, followed by a European roll-out.

FCEV represents the world's first fuel-cell powertrain to be packaged within a conventional engine space, says Honda, which allows for space and weight savings as well as giving the powertrain the flexibility to be fitted to different types of vehices.

Honda reports the FCEV's powertrain has increased power density by 60 per cent over its previous hydrogen-powered vehicle, the FCX clarity. The size of the fuel-cell stack has also been reduced by 33 per cent.

The FCEV has a claimed range of more than 300 miles, while the concept can be refuelled in around three minutes at pressures of up to 70MPa.

The concept features modern styling, says Honda, with aerodynamic bodywork and seating for up to five passengers.

Honda’s American boss, Mike Accavitti said: "The FCEV Concept demonstrates Honda's vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles.

"As we work towards the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future."

President of Honda in the US Tetsuo Iwamura said: "While this car is a concept, it points toward a very real future."

Honda is currently supporting a small fleet of FCX and FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicles.

Read more 2013 LA motor show news.

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11 November 2013
How many of the first gen did they sell? Anyhow what's the financial advantage to the end user, it's 0 pounds + an up front cost of thousands over petrol, electric hybrid of electric Although you'll probably save a lot as you'll never find anywhere to fill it up


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12 November 2013
...give yourself a day off, xxxx, for your own moaning sake. Here we go again: still an embryonic technology...10 years real-life testing by Honda...yes, prototypes will cost a lot of money...refuelling infrastructure will follow if commercially viable and others give momentum to the potential long-term solution to dwindling carbon fuel resources and emissions ...more solar energy than you could shake your xxxx at...and you don't have to drive one, you poor lamb.

21 November 2013
Hurray the nightmare of packaging a chemical plant into a car is under control! xxxx the FCX Clarity was leased to a very specific customer test group who had the usage profile Honda wanted to test. If memory serves the US and Japan were allocated 50 FCX's each. As for the financial advantage? Until there is a product to sell there can be no definitive answer.

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