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March 1, 2002

Fuel Cell Vehicle FCX-V4 receives approval from Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

March 1, 2002-Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (HMC) announced today that it has received Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport approval for the FCX V4 fuel cell vehicle equipped with a 350-atmosphere high-pressure hydrogen tank.

Honda has applied the high-pressure tank technology accumulated through natural gas-powered vehicle development to fit the FCX-V4 with a 350-atmosphere high-pressure hydrogen tank, achieving a significantly extended driving range of 315km. This marks the first time in Japan that a fuel cell vehicle equipped with a 350-atmosphere high-pressure hydrogen tank has been approved by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and tested on public roads.

The FCX-V4 offers improved top speed, acceleration, and collision safety performance, as compared to the FCX-V3, which commenced public road testing in July 2001. The FCX-V4 brings Honda fuel cell vehicles close to the performance required of a production model.

Honda is already testing the FCX-V4 on public roads in the U.S. as part of its participation in the California Fuel Cell Partnership's (CaFCP) fuel cell vehicle public-road test project. U.S. test results will be combined with those of Japanese public road testing to constitute a database of vehicle performance under actual driving conditions.

FCX-V4 fuel cell vehicle

FCX-V4 fuel cell vehicle

<FCX-V4 System Layout (Conceptual)>

 <FCX-V4 System Layout (Conceptual)>

<FCX-V4 Specifications (Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastrucrue and Transport Approved Vehicle)>

Number of occupants 4
sMaximum speeds 140km/h
Motor Max. output 60kW (82PS)
Max. drive torque 238Nm
Type AC synchronous electric motor
Fuel cell stack Type PEFC (polymer electrolyte fuel cell,
manufactured by Ballard)
Output 78kW
FuelFuel Type Compressed hydrogen gas
Storage High-pressure hydrogen tank (350
atmospheres)
Capacity 137L
Vehicle range 315km