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Honda hasn't given up on hydrogen fuel cell technology

While Honda isn’t as prolific as rival Toyota when it comes to pushing its “green” agenda in the U.S., the company does offer a few hybrid vehicles to American customers including the Civic Hybrid and Accord Hybrid (in addition to the Accord Plug-in Hybrid). The company has also offered limited leases of its fuel cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity, to U.S. customers.
 
Today, Honda is introducing the successor to the FCX Clarity in the form of the FCV. Shown initially in concept form, the FCV features a next generation fuel-cell powertrain that is completely contained within the front engine compartment. This gives the FCV more flexibility when it comes to the use of cabin space and available cargo storage. Honda also says that the more efficient layout will allow it to use the platform (which currently seats five) for a wider variety of vehicles in the future (perhaps we could see it used for crossovers and minivans).
 
The fuel-cell stack has seen its power output increased by 100kW, with a power density of 3.1kW/L (an increase of 60 percent over the FCX Clarity). Honda says that the more efficient fuel cell stack will give the FCV a driving range of roughly 300 miles (compared to 240 miles for the FCX Clarity), while refueling times should take no longer than three to five minutes with 70 MPa hydrogen refueling stations.

 
Honda has plans to launch the production version of the FCV in Japan in March 2016. The Japanese auto giant will use the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show to announce its plans to further expand California’s hydrogen delivery network, and will also likely use the show to announce an on sale date for the FCV in the U.S.
 
Both Honda and Toyota have shown strong support for hydrogen fuel cell technology rather than moving to all-electric vehicles like most of their major competitors. Mainstream companies like Ford and General Motors – to limited success -- and luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz have all introduce electric vehicles for consumers rather than fully embracing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.



 
And electric car guru Elon Musk has been even more blunt, saying that the technology is nothing more than a clean energy gimmick. “Fuel cell is so bullshit. Except in a rocket,” said Musk at a Tesla event in München in October 2013.

Source: Honda





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