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March 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 delivery to Idemitsu is the 10th FCX that Honda has supplied since December 2002, when Honda delivered FCX vehicles both in the U.S. and Japan on the 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 data collection and technical development of both the vehicle and the hydrogen supply infrastructure, both of which are essential for the proliferation 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
for all directions.

Photo: FCX Fuel cell vehicle

Photo: FCX Fuel cell vehicle

Specifications of Honda FCX

Name FCX
Number of occupants 4
Max. speed 150km/h
Motor Max. output 60kW(82PS)
Max. drive torque 272N·m (27.5kg·m)
Type AC synchronous electric motor
(manufactured by Honda)
Fuel cell stack
(2 units)
(polymer electrolyte fuel cell, manufactured by Ballard)
Output 78kW
Fuel Type Compressed hydrogen gas
Storage High-pressure hydrogen tank (350 atmospheres)
Capacity 156.6L
Dimensions (L x W x H, mm) 4,165 x 1,760 x 1,645
Energy storage Ultra Capacitor (manufactured by Honda)
Vehicle range (LA4 mode) 355km