At Honda, we've been looking at fossil fuel substitutes for some time, examining a wide variety of methods to reduce emissions and curtail global warming. Amongst these, one of our earliest aims was the realization of what can be called the ultimate clean powerplant, the fuel cell. Starting from basic research, one by one we overcame the barriers to making the unit smaller and lighter, and giving it a longer range and better acceleration. In 2001, we began public road tests in America and Japan, followed up by numerous market feasibility studies. And in 2002 we received the all-important certification from America's EPA*1and CARB*2. Furthermore American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has made an agreement with the City of Los Angeles for its sale. In Japan, 2002 is the year we intend to bring the fuel cell-powered FCX to market.
*1 Environmental Protection Agency
*2 California Air Resource Board
·Motor: Max. output 60kW (82ps)/Max. Torque 272 N.m/Type Honda AC synchronous motor·Fuel cell stack: Ballard PEFC (Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell)/Max. output 78kW
·Fuel: Type Compressed hydrogen gas/Storage High-pressure hydrogen tank (350 atmospheres)/Capacity 156.6 liters·Energy storage: Honda ultra-capacitor·Max. speed: 150 km/h
·Range: 355km·Passenger capacity: 4