Honda has revealed an updated hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept called the FCV, sporting new styling and promising increased range.
Thanks to advancements in fuel-cell stack technology, Honda says the FCV will be able to provide over 300 miles of range on a single tank of hydrogen, while a refuel will only take 3 to 5 minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa. The updated fuel-cell stack now has a power output of 3.1kW/L, representing a 60 percent increase in power over Honda’s previous fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX, even though the stack has been physically shrunk by 30 percent.
The concept has a new wide and low aerodynamic body and an all-new interior that has seating for five thanks to its fuel-cell powertrain that fits entirely in the front engine compartment of the car. Honda says that this common layout gives the brand the potential to apply, “fuel-cell technology to multiple vehicle models in the future.” Honda’s previous fuel-cell car, the FCX Clarity, only had seating for four thanks to a large center tunnel that ran the length of the car.
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The Japanese brand is investing in hydrogen fuel-cell technology in many ways, including a collaboration with General Motors to co-develop the next-generation of fuel-cell systems as well as joining H2USA, an organization that brings together automakers, government agencies, hydrogen suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel-cell industries to coordinate research and find cost-effective solutions for building hydrogen fuelling stations. Honda has plans to announce its commitment to help expand and accelerate California’s public hydrogen refuelling station network this week at the LA Auto Show.
Despite previously saying that its fuel-cell vehicle would be ready for market by 2015, Honda now says the car is slated for launch in Japan by March of 2016, followed by the U.S. and Europe.
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