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The Honda FCV CONCEPT Fuel-Cell vehicle


Honda Motor today unveiled the Honda FCV CONCEPT, a concept car for an all-new fuel-cell vehicle (FCV), and the Honda Power Exporter CONCEPT, a concept model for an external power feeding device that enables AC power output from the FCV with maximum output of 9 kW. The all-new FCV that will be based on this concept model is scheduled to go on sale in Japan by the end of March, 2016 and subsequently in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to the FCV and external power feeding device, Honda will further promote the application of the Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS), a packaged hydrogen station unit that adopts Honda’s original high-differential-pressure electrolyzer.

Honda FCV CONCEPT, a concept car for an all-new fuel-cell vehicle (FCV), and the Honda Power Exporter CONCEPT

Honda views hydrogen as a high-potential, next-generation energy carrier due to the fact that hydrogen can be generated from various energy sources and is “easily” transportable and storable. Based on this view, Honda has been positioning the FCV -which uses electricity generated through the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen as a power source for the motor – as the ultimate environmentally responsible vehicle and taking a proactive approach to the research and development of FCVs since the late 1980s.

In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). With these certifications, Honda began lease sales of the Honda FCX in Japan and the U.S. In 2003, Honda developed the Honda FC STACK, a fuel-cell stack able to start at below-freezing temperatures. Then in 2005, Honda began lease sales of FCVs to individual customers in the U.S.

In 2008, Honda began lease sales of the FCX Clarity, a fuel-cell vehicle that offers an innovative sedan-type package and driving feel that is different from conventional vehicles.

The Honda FCV CONCEPT is a concept car for Honda’s next-generation FCV, a successor model to the FCX Clarity, with which Honda strives to achieve a further improvement in performance and a reduction in cost. The newly-developed fuel-cell stack installed to this concept car is 33% smaller than the previous fuel-cell stack and realized output of more than 100 kW and output density of 3.1 kW/l, improving the overall performance by approximately 60% compared to the previous version of the fuel-cell stack. Honda’s next-generation FCV will be the world’s first FCV sedan with the entire powertrain, including the downsized fuel-cell stack, consolidated under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle. This powertrain layout enables a full cabin package that seats five adults and also will make it possible to evolve this vehicle into multiple models in the future when the more widespread use of FCVs requires enhanced choices for customers.

Honda FCV fuel-cell

The Honda FCV CONCEPT is also equipped with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that provides a cruising range of more than 700 km (evaluated on JC08 mode driving cycle). The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes.

Furthermore, the Honda FCV CONCEPT features an external power feeding function, which underwent a large number of verification tests with the FCX Clarity. When combined with an external power feeding device, this FCV can function as a small-sized mobile power plant that generates and provides electricity to the community in times of disaster or other events.

Honda Power Exporter CONCEPT

Striving to make a contribution to the forthcoming “hydrogen energy society,” Honda will continue taking on new challenges in the area of hydrogen technologies including the Smart Hydrogen Station, FCVs and external power feeding devices.

Source: Honda
Romain’s opinion:
Improving the fuel-cell stack itself is, according to me, only a small part of the job for putting fuel-cells in the streets. There is a huge effort to be provided for hydrogen manufacturing and supply. The infrastructures are far from ready and the petroleum companies lobby will try to slow down this work. Hence there is a need to first convince the governments and influencing companies in order to go further with fuel-cell. Which company should support the Hydrogen supply infrastructure deployment according to you? Should it be done by the governments?

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