Honda FCEV Concept Makes World Debut at 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show


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    Honda FCEV Concept Picture

    Honda FCEV Concept. | November 21, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The Honda FCEV Concept, a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle set for launch in the U.S. in 2015, debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  • The FCEV Concept gets a futuristic looking design.
  • In a major step forward, the fuel-cell powertrain is tucked completely in the engine compartment of the vehicle, creating more cabin space and the potential for more vehicle types.

LOS ANGLES — The Honda FCEV Concept, a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle set for launch in the U.S. in 2015, debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The FCEV Concept gets a futuristic looking design.

In a major step forward, the fuel-cell powertrain is tucked completely in the engine compartment of the vehicle, creating more cabin space and the potential for more vehicle types. Honda said significant advancements to the fuel-cell stack have yielded more than 100kW of power output. The Honda FCEV has a driving range of more than 300 miles, an increase of 60 miles over the automaker's current fuel-cell vehicle.

The concept has a refueling time of about three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.

The Honda FCEV is the successor to the Honda FCX Clarity, which is currently available on an extremely limited basis in Southern California.

"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., in a statement.

Honda and Toyota had dueling fuel-cell vehicles at the two major auto shows this week. Toyota unveiled the FCV at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. It also can be recharged within minutes and has a driving range of 300 miles. Toyota said it wants to begin selling fuel-cell powered cars by 2015.

Hyundai also said it plans to start mass production of such cars, starting with a fuel-cell version of the Hyundai Tucson.

Edmunds says: The limited hydrogen refueling infrastructure is still a major concern, despite all of the excitement over fuel-cell vehicles like the Honda FCEV Concept.

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