Honda is actively engaged in research and development of the fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV)—a vehicle that runs on hydrogen and offers the same comfort, cruising range, and driving performance as a gasoline vehicle but without creating any carbon emissions—as the ultimate eco-car.
Honda's newly developed FC Stack delivers an output of more than 100 kW and power output density of 3 kW/liter while being 33% smaller than the previous technology.
In 2013, Honda unveiled the FCEV Concept, a nextgeneration concept car designed to realize better
performance at a lower cost than the FCX Clarity, aiming for release in 2015, when the first production FCEVs are expected to hit the Japanese market.
The FCEV Concept is equipped with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that provides a cruising range of more than 300 miles (around 480 km). The tank can be refilled in about 3 minutes, making refueling as quick and easy as today's gasoline vehicles.
External power supply capability, developed through demonstration testing of the FCX Clarity, is also optional on all Japanese-market models, providing backup power that can be supplied to the home in disasters and other emergencies.
We plan to release a production FCEV model based on this concept vehicle in Japan in 2015, and in the U.S. and Europe thereafter. We also will move forward with various initiatives to drive the popularization of FCEVs by 2020, including working with General Motors to develop a fuel cell system and hydrogen storage tank that are smaller, lighter, perform better, and are more affordable.