Honda revealed the latest iteration of its fuel cell concept vehicle, the FCV Concept, today in Tokyo. It will make its North-American debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
The new concept vehicle looks closer to real-world feasibility than the fuel-cell concept vehicle introduced at last year's Los Angeles auto show. Honda says an all-new FCV production model, based on it this FCV concept, is scheduled to go on sale in Japan by the end of March 2016 and subsequently in the U.S. and European markets.
The company also introduced a concept model for an external power supply device that enables AC power output from the FCV with maximum output of 9 kW.
In addition Honda plans to promote the application of its Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS) – a packaged hydrogen station unit that generates hydrogen by electrolyzing water.
Those three key concepts are part of Honda's overall plan to ‘generate’, ‘use’ and ‘get connected’.
Honda considers hydrogen to be a high-potential, next-generation energy carrier due to the fact that hydrogen can be generated from various energy sources and is transportable and storable with existing technology.
The FCV Concept is said to conceptualize Honda's next-generation FCV, a successor model to the FCX Clarity, which will achieve a further improvement in performance and reduction in cost.
TIts newly-developed fuel-cell stack is said to be 33% smaller than the previous fuel-cell stack and achieve an output of more than 100 kW, with an output density as high as 3.1 kW/L. Its overall performance is improved by approximately 60% compared to the previous version of the fuel-cell stack.
Honda says its 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 comfortably and will make it possible to evolve the design into multiple models in the future.
The FCV Concept is also equipped with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that provides a potential cruising range of more than 700 km. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes, depending on conditions, which making refuelling comparable to that for today’s gasoline vehicles.
The vehicle also features an external power feeding function, which was tested and verified with the FCX Clarity. When combined with an external power supply device, this car can function as a small mobile power generator capable of providings electricity to the community in times of emergency.