Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Honda | posted November 17, 2014 17:15
Successor of the FCX Clarity
Honda's fuel-cell vehicle concept (FCV) made its world debut in Japan prior to its launch in March 2016.
The vehicle is the evolution of the FCEV concept which was previewed during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Moreover, Honda says the FCV concept is the successor of the FCX Clarity.
Similar to the FCEV concept, the vehicle features sweeping character lines on its aerodynamic body. Inside, the FCV concept can easily accommodate five occupants.
In terms of performance, the FCV concept features a newly-developed fuel-cell unit that is 33-percent smaller compared to its predecessor. Despite the smaller size, the new fuel-cell unit can generate an output of more than 100 kW. Moreover, Honda says it has an output density of 3.1 kW/L and the overall performance of the fuel-cell unit has increased by around 60-percent.
The FCV concept also comes with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen tank which provides a cruising range of more than 700 km. When the tank is depleted, Honda says it can be refilled in about three minutes.
In addition, the FCV Concept features an 'external power feeding' funtion which can be combined with an 'external power feeding' device. Through this, the FCV concept can transform as a small-sized mobile power plant that generates electricity which can be useful in times of disaster or other events.