Honda FCEV Concept, Upgraded 2014 Honda Civic Bow
- The Honda FCEV Concept, a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle, and an upgraded 2014 Honda Civic will debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
- Honda's FCEV Concept is the successor to the Honda FCX Clarity.
- The concept shows the styling direction for the Japanese automaker's next fuel-cell electric vehicle.
LOS ANGELES — The Honda FCEV Concept, a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle, and the upgraded 2014 Honda Civic will debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Honda FCEV Concept is the successor to the FCX Clarity. Honda's second-generation hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle will launch in 2015. Critical details such as range and refueling time were not released at this point.
The concept shows the styling direction for the Japanese automaker's next fuel-cell EV. This latest iteration is an evolution of the FCX Clarity and continues the FCX's sleek styling theme. The FCX Clarity currently is available on an extremely limited basis in Southern California — only about two dozen customers are driving the car at this point. Honda calls the alt-fuel car's lease program "the world's first large-scale retail initiative" of its kind.
"The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company's vision for the future of personal mobility," said Mike Accavitti, American Honda Motor Co. senior vice president, in a statement on Monday.
The redesigned Honda fuel-cell vehicle will debut just as rival Toyota is taking the wraps off the concept version of its own fuel-cell car, which debuts at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show this month. Toyota said the production version is due for launch "around 2015." It has a driving range of approximately 311 miles and a refueling time as quick as three minutes. The exterior is inspired by the shape of a wave, a nod to the car's water-vapor emissions. The four-passenger concept rides on a new, dedicated fuel-cell platform and has two high-pressure tanks for its hydrogen fuel.
Honda offered no other information about the "further upgrades" to the 2014 Civic. The announcement about the upgrades follows a hurried redesign of the 2013 Honda Civic after a major redo for the 2012 model year and a recent restyling and slight power enhancement for the 2014 Civic Coupe and Coupe Si. The 2013 Civic line received a new instrument panel, improved crash structure and new front and rear fascias after lukewarm reviews. Honda also relaunched the 2013 Civic's marketing campaign several months ago, with the tagline "Things Can Always Be Better."
The two Honda vehicles will be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show on November 20.
Edmunds says: Honda continues to tweak the Civic and to embrace fuel-cell electric vehicles.