Honda introduced the concept model FCEV in Los Angeles, announcing a new generation of its vehicles powered by hydrogen or fuel cells. When we say that this model announces a new line of Honda cars, we think equally on its powertrain. But also on the design and styling that these models should take from the FCEV. The Honda FCEV Concept is the first vehicle in which the fuel cell drive assembly is located in a conventional engine space that saves space within the car, reduces its mass and, most importantly, enables the installation of this drive in different types of vehicles. Honda FCEV becomes the world’s first fuel cell vehicle, certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Airborne Resources Board (CARB).
Honda FCEV Concept – Body Styles Changes and other Options
The FCEV is likely to retain a drop-shaped body shape, more conditioned by aerodynamic demands than desires. But not as close to futuristic solutions as the study demonstrates. However, it still demonstrates the intention of the Japanese company to display the final derivative of the first commercialized “hydrogen” car, first in the US and Japan and then in Europe.
As far as the design is concerned, the form is subordinated to the purpose, i.e. the emphasis is on a high level of aerodynamics, and the interior can accommodate five passengers. By the end of last month, the Japanese company announced that the FCEV Concept will have autonomy of about 700 km, as well as powerful electric motors, while the dimensions of this car are later published (length 4895 mm, width 1875 mm and height 1475 mm).
FCEV draws attention to LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights in the form of boomerang, honeycomb, air holes on front fenders, contrasting black roof, partially covered rear wheels, and modern interior for five adults with leather seats, triangular steering wheel, infotainment system and metallic details.
Honda FCEV Concept – Powerful Engine and Performance
In Honda, the power of the drive train has increased by 60% compared to the previous generation. While the size of the fuel cells themselves is reduced by 33%. The autonomy of this car is supposedly more than 500 km. And it takes about 3 minutes to fill the tank at a pressure of 70 MPa and 700 bar. Based on this viewpoint, Honda has positioned FCEV. It uses electricity generated through the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. As a source of energy for powering and starting the engine – as an extremely environmentally responsible vehicle, with a proactive approach to the research and development of the FCEV since the late 1980s.
Honda FCEV Concept – Price and Expected Release Date
To conclude, the Honda FCEV Concept indicates the future direction of Honda when it comes to fuel cell vehicles. Although this is a concept, it points to a very relative future. The Honda FCEV Concept not only tracks the next generation of fuel cell vehicles. But also future improvements in vehicle electrification technology. The progress made by Honda is continually significant, purposeful and very realistic. The new Honda FCEV will be presented to the audience next year. The price of the model is still under the veil of secrets.