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Fuel-Cell, Hydrogen-Powered Honda CR-V To Be Made In Ohio Starting In 2024

The Clarity FCV won’t be the last fuel-cell vehicle from Honda.

Honda returns to form, with the announcement of a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEV), based on the new Honda CR-V. This car is part of Honda’s pledge to sell only EVs and FCEVs by 2040. 

Honda didn’t release many actual specifications of the FCEV Honda CR-V, aside from the fact it will be based on the latest CR-V design. It will be made in Ohio, specifically at the Acura Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC). The PMC facility focuses on boutique, low-volume specialty vehicles. It most recently produced the Acura NSX, before it ended production a few weeks ago. Honda says it echos the original NSX’s Tochigi, Japan production home. It initially made the 1989 NSX, and pivoted to the FCX Clarity FCEV in 2008. 

A unique feature forthcoming on the FCEV CR-V  is the ability to plug in and use the vehicle like an EV. Like a PHEV, the onboard battery will be able to draw energy from the grid, but the hydrogen fuel cell will serve as motivation for the FCEV on longer journeys. Honda hasn’t released power output figures, battery size, or EV range for the vehicle.

Although made in Ohio, it’s unclear where the CR-V FCEV will be sold; by in large the actual infrastructure for Hydrogen refueling only exists in any form in California, Quebec, and British Columbia. Most states and provinces do not have hydrogen refilling stations.

Whatever the case, Honda wants 50% of the CR-V sales to be electrified; this FCEV alongside the standard hybrid model should help Honda reach this goal.

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2 Comments

StanHeinemann says:

Well, at last -It is so good to see Honda achieving this goal! –I have been with the California Hydrogen Business Council since it started and watched Honda advance this technology and many DVDs of the CHBC meetings at Honda and other companies. I believe that the power grid will be overloaded causing many blackouts due to the wires and transformers overheating! . I’m sure that Hydrogen driven EVs using low cost natural gas derived H2 could take much of the load off of the grid!

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