Honda will test its next generation hydrogen fuel cell in Europe from 2015, president Takanobu Ito has confirmed.
Previously, Honda has only tested its hydrogen fuel cell car, the FCX Clarity, in the USA and Japan, but the decision to move testing to Europe with the next generation car has been made in order to step up the technology's development according to Ito.
"We consider fuel cell to be the ultimate environmentally friendly vehicle, and it is an area where we have been leading the industry in R&D," said Ito. "The new fuel cell vehicle will further showcase technical advancement and significant cost reduction that Honda has accomplished."
Honda pioneered fuel cell research more than 20 years ago, running an adapted Honda Odyssey. Yoshiharu Yamamoto, board member for R&D, said: "We are fully aware that, even with this evolution of technology, it will take time before fuel cell technology is deployed. But if people want the freedom of mobility in the future, then we believe this is the best solution. That is why we keep pushing the development."