Sleek and aerodynamic, 5-passenger Honda FCEV Concept expresses
potential styling direction for next-generation Honda fuel
cell-electric vehicle launching in 2015
Next generation Honda FCEV promises significant gains in real-world
performance, cost reduction, efficiency, packaging and appeal,
including more than 300-mile driving range
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The sleekly styled Honda FCEV
Concept, made its world debut today at the Los Angeles International
Auto Show. The concept expresses a potential styling direction for
Honda's next-generation fuel-cell vehicle anticipated to launch in the
U.S. and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.
Showcasing exciting and modern styling, the Honda FCEV Concept features
sweeping character lines underscored by an ultra-aerodynamic body. The
Honda FCEV Concept also delivers ample passenger space and seating for
5-passengers thanks to new powertrain packaging efficiencies.
"The Honda FCEV Concept hints at Honda's future direction for fuel-cell
vehicles," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda
Motor Co., Inc. "While this car is a concept, it points toward a very
Next Generation Honda Fuel Cell-Electric Vehicle
Honda's next generation fuel cell-electric vehicle launching in 2015
will feature the world's first application of a fuel-cell powertrain
packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle, allowing for
efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential
application of FC technology to multiple vehicle types in the future.
Significant technological advancements to the fuel-cell stack have
yielded more than 100kW of power output. The power density is now
3kW/L, an increase of 60 percent, with the stack size reduced
33-percent compared to the FCX Clarity. The next generation Honda FCEV
is anticipated to deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles (480
km) with a quick refueling time of about three minutes at a pressure of
Honda Fuel-Cell Leadership
Honda has led the industry for nearly two decades in the development and
deployment of fuel-cell technology through extensive real world
testing, including the first government fleet deployment and retail
customer leasing program. Honda has made significant technological
advancements in fuel-cell operation in both hot and sub-freezing
weather, meeting stringent emissions requirements and safety
regulations since the introduction of its first generation fuel-cell
vehicle, the FCX in 2002.
Honda began leasing its first-generation FCEV, the Honda FCX, in 2002
and has deployed vehicles in the U.S. and Japan, including its
successor, the FCX Clarity, which was named the 2009 World Green Car.
Honda has delivered these vehicles to individual retail consumers in
the U.S. and collected valuable data concerning real-world use of fuel
cell-electric vehicles and hydrogen stations.
Honda's current fuel cell-electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity, launched in
July 2008 and was quickly heralded as a technological breakthrough in
the areas of design, packaging and efficiency. As the world's first
dedicated fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity features a striking
silhouette and a low-slung cabin. With the V-flow fuel cell stack
positioned down the center of the vehicle and the electric motor
located in the front of the vehicle, Honda was able to maintain the
Clarity's futuristic styling while delivering 240 miles of driving
In the effort to speed the advance of a refueling infrastructure, in May
2013, American Honda joined the public-private partnership H2USA, which brings together automakers, government agencies, hydrogen
suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel-cell industries to coordinate
research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure
that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States.
In July 2013, Honda entered into a long-term collaborative agreement
with General Motors to co-develop the next-generation of fuel-cell
systems and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020
timeframe. The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing
technological expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing
Honda Fuel Cell-Electric Vehicle Firsts:
The original FCX became the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel-cell
vehicle in July 2002. The FCX also was the world's first production
fuel-cell vehicle, introduced to the U.S. and Japan in December 2002.
Additional highlights include:
The Honda FCX was the first fuel-cell vehicle to start and operate in
sub-freezing temperatures (2003).
The FCX was the first fuel cell vehicle leased to an individual customer
Honda was the first manufacturer to build and produce a dedicated fuel
cell vehicle on a production line specifically made for fuel-cell
Honda was the first manufacturer to create a fuel-cell vehicle dealer
Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is committed to further advancements in environmental technologies
and the effort to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions from its products, including the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and
Plug-In, the Fit EV, Civic Natural Gas and the Honda FCX Clarity
fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Honda also has led the Union of
Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental
performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of
America's greenest vehicles from the America Council for an
Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for 15 consecutive years.
Image with caption: "The sleekly styled Honda FCEV Concept, made its world debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The concept expresses a potential styling direction for Honda's next-generation fuel-cell vehicle anticipated to launch in the U.S. and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe. (CNW Group/Honda Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131120_C9412_PHOTO_EN_33670.jpg
SOURCE: Honda Canada Inc.
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