American Honda, Honda’s US Corporation, unveiled the FCV concept at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show that is being held in the United States on January 13, 2015.
The FCV concept was unveiled in Japan last November 2014. This vehicle is a new fuel cell vehicle concept car that brings together the expertise of Honda’s fuel cell vehicle development. During the fiscal year 2015, Honda aims to release this vehicle in Japan. Then, they plan to expand to the United States and Europe. Therefore, they debuted it at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show.
Even though the newly developed fuel cell stack is 33% smaller than the conventional ones, it has improved its output by 60% with more than 100kW, and its power density at 3.1kW/liter. The powertrain, including the smaller fuel cell stack, will be assembled and mounted on the sedan-type hood.
Moreover, five adults can comfortably sit inside; it also provides a full cabin package space. At the same time, it was made possible to develop this in several models, in line with the expansion of future FCV.
The FCV concept is equipped with a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank to increase its cruising range up to 700km or more. Re-filling of hydrogen tank takes about 3 minutes. According to Honda, its user-friendliness is equivalent to that of present gasoline vehicles.
American Honda’s Executive Vice President, John Mendel, gave a speech during the 2015 Detroit Motor Show press conference. He stated that the commercial version of the FCV concept will be released on 2016. Vice President commented, “The FCV concept is a completed novel vehicle equipped with the first generation Honda advanced technologies.”
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)