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AutomobileJapanMarch 8, 2004
Honda Delivers its Fuel Cell Vehicle FCX to Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.

TOKYO - March 8, 2004 -Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today delivered an FCX fuel cell vehicle to Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. (Head office: Tokyo, President: Akihiko Tembo), in a delivery ceremony held at Tokyo International Forum, in Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo.

This Honda FCX to Idemitsu is the 10th vehicle that Honda has supplied since December 2002 when Honda delivered FCX vechicles both in US and Japan on a same day.   The other nine FCX vehicles comprises four units in Japan; one to the Japanese Cabinet Office, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Iwatani International Corporation, respectively, and five units to the city of Los Angeles in the U.S.   Idemitsu Kosan is the second private company to which Honda has delivered one of its FCX vehicles.

The delivery of the FCX to Idemitsu Kosan, a Japanese energy company mainly involved in the petroleum business, is expected to expedite the data collection and technical development of both the vehicle and the hydrogen supply infrastructures that are essential for the diffusion of fuel cell vehicles.

The FCX adopts Honda's independently developed high-efficiency, high-output ultra-capacitor energy storage system to achieve powerful, responsive driving performance. The layout of the powertrain's structural components is optimized to attain a spacious interior for four adults in a compact body that maintains a high level of collision safety performance in all directions.

<Specifications of Honda FCX>

Name FCX
Number of occupants 4
Max. speed 150km/h
Motor Max. output 60kW (82PS)
Max. drive torque 272N · m (27.5 kg · m)
Type AC synchronous electric motor
(manufactured by Honda)
Fuel cell stack
(2 units)
(polymer electrolyte fuel cell, manufactured by Ballard)
Output 76kW
Fuel Type Compressed hydrogen gas
Storage High-pressure hydrogen tank
(350 atmospheres)
Capacity 156.6 liters
(L x W x H, mm)
4165 x 1760 x 1645
Energy storage Ultra Capacitor (manufactured by Honda)
Vehicle range
(LA4 mode)
355 km
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