Honda and the Pursuit of Hydrogen

Honda Takes a Turn to add to the Tokyo Motor Show News

Honda has confirmed the production-ready version of its Fuel Cell Vehicle, will make its debut at the Tokyo motor show in October, before going on sale in its home market of Japan next March.

The Japanese manufacturer has already confirmed that sales of the hydrogen fuel cell-powered car are also planned in the US and Europe – with sales in the UK scheduled to start in 2017.

The successor to Honda’s first Hydrogen fuel cell-powered model, the FCX Clarity, the FCV was last seen as an early-stage concept at the 2013 LA motor show. A second prototype model was then unveiled in Japan last year.

Power for the FCV comes from an electric motor which is capable of providing more than 134bhp, while power density has been increased by 60% over that of the FCX. The fuel stack size has also been reduced by 33%.

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Honda has previously claimed the FCV is the first car of its type to feature the entire fuel cell powertrain packaged within the engine bay.

The firm says the FCV will provide a driving range of 435 miles, and can be re-fuelled from hydrogen filling station in between 3-5 minutes. In Japanese specification, the FCV is also capable of supplying electricity to homes to act as an emergency generator.

It’s little surprise that Honda plans to sell its FCV in the UK, as the firm recently opened its own hydrogen filling station in Swindon. The solar-powered facility is capable of producing 20 tonnes of hydrogen per year, and is aimed at kick-starting an infrastructure for hydrogen-powered cars in this country, as part of the government’s UKH2Mobility scheme.

The FCV will face competition from the Toyota Mirai, as well as Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered ix35.