New Honda FCEV Concept to debut at LA show

Next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle is scheduled for introduction in 2015

Published: November 18, 2013, 6:00 PM

Honda FCEV Concept teaser sketch

Honda's new FCEV Concept vehicle will make its world debut this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The concept is said to "hint at" the futuristic, aerodynamic design of the company's next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which is scheduled for launch in the U.S and Japan in 2015, as a replacement for the limited-production FCX Clarity FCEV.

"The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company's vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda.

"As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future," he added.

Honda has been an industry leader in the development and deployment of fuel-cell electric vehicles. It was the first automaker to begin retail leasing of its fuel-cell electric vehicles to fleet customers in 2002.

Honda also was the first automaker to put a fuel-cell electric vehicle in the hands of an individual retail consumer in 2005. Today, about two dozen customers are driving the FCX Clarity, which was named the World Green Car in 2009 – thus helping Honda gain experience to advance fuel-cell technology for the future.

Earlier this year, Honda and General Motors agreed to co-develop next-generation fuel-cell system and hydrogen storage technologies.

Further details about the new Honda FCEV Concept will be released on November 20, 2013.

On the same day, Toyota will preview its own fuel-cell electric vehicle, destined for production in 2015, at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.