Honda unveils FCEV Concept at LA Motor Show 2013
Honda unveiled its futuristic FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) concept at the LA Motor Show 2013, a production version of which will go on sale in the US in 2015, followed by a launch in Japan and then in Europe.
Currently, around 25 people drive around in Honda's FCX Clarity, Honda's first production car to run on the fuel cell technology. Honda had first showcased the FCX Clarity at 2007 LA auto show and then started leasing out the car to fleet customers. This not only allowed users to enjoy the benefits of an eco-friendly car but also helped Honda study and improve the fuel cell technology. Honda has used LA to once again showcase what it hopes will replace the FCX.
The Honda FCEV Concept
This concept features the world's first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine bay. This is also the world's highest density fuel cell stack that's 60 per cent better than that in the FCX and also 33 per cent smaller in terms of size. And the entire setup is sitting under the hood.
Honda anticipates that this mass-production model will "deliver a driving range of more than 483km at one go, while refuelling will be quick in about 3 minutes at a pressure of 70MPa (megapascal)".
This concept features the world's first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine bay
The FCEV looks a typical concept. Sweeping lines, funky lamp units and the finish give it an almost 'extra-terrestrial' look. The production model however will obviously be a diluted version of this concept. We expect it to turn heads though.
"The Honda FCEV Concept hints at Honda's future direction for fuel-cell vehicles. While this car is a concept, it points towards a very real future," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO, Honda America.
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