Honda has unveiled the all-new Honda FCV concept at the LA Auto Show. This is not any normal concept that looks futuristic and probably will never see the show rooms. This Honda FCV concept is scheduled to go on sale in Japan by the end of March 2016 and then later on in the US and Europe and it is powered by hydrogen. Honda has been placing the FCV as the ultimate environmentally responsible vehicle and research and development for it has been ongoing since the late 1980’s.
The Japanese manufacturer has been at the forefront of this kind of technology for a while now. The FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle ever to be certified by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board in 2002. Then in 2003, Honda became the first manufacturer to develop a fuel cell that could start below freezing temperatures. And in 2005, Honda achieved another world first by beginning lease sales of FCV’s to individual U.S customers.
The new generation FCV by Honda will be the successor of the FCX Clarity, their aims being to improve performance as well as a reduction in cost.
The newly developed fuel cell in the FCV is 33% smaller than the previous stack but achieves a 60% improvement in performance over the previous version, which is clearly huge progress.
The FCV Concept will have the entire power train, including the fuel-cell stack, under the bonnet of the car, which of course, is another world first. This layout means that the FCV seats five adults in comfort. The Honda FCV Concept is also equipped with a high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that enables a driving range of over 700km and can be refilled in just three minutes, which puts it pretty much on par with the conventional petrol or diesel powered motor.
Also, the FCV Concept boasts an external power feeding function. This means, when combined with an external power-feeding device, the FCV can function as a small mobile power plant that can generate and provide electricity to a community after a natural disaster, for example.
The Honda FCV Concept seems to be extremely promising for the automotive industry and Honda are leading the way in hydrogen powered cars. With the progress they have made so far, hydrogen may be the first choice power source in the coming years.