Honda has unveiled a more realistic version of its FCV hydrogen-powered concept to prepare us for the production car that will launch in Japan by March of 2016, followed by the US and Europe.
The latest FCV Concept is less extravagant and futuristic than the previous study displayed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, but it's still impressive. Honda's goal is to preview the looks of the production car that is a successor to the fuel-cell-powered FCX Clarity.
Unlike the FCX, it features a new powertrain that fits entirely within the engine compartment thus maximizing passenger and luggage space for five.
It's powered by an electric engine with more than 100kW or 134hp that draws energy from a newly developed fuel-cell stack with a power density that has been increased by 60 percent to 3.1kW/L, while also being 33 percent smaller in size.
Honda says the next generation Honda FCV will deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles (+480 km) with a refueling time of about three to five minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.
The Japanese firm has also developed an external power-feeding device dubbed "Honda Power Exporter CONCEPT" that enables AC power output from the FCV with maximum output of 9 kW.
The all-new 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid completes Honda's first-ever vehicle series that offers customers an array of electrified powertrain choices in one sophisticated, spacious and comprehensively equipped 5-passenger sedan. American Honda's Natalie Kumaratne takes us on a quick walkaround of this distinctive and efficient hybrid.