Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle, and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
With the sleekly styled Honda FCEV Concept, unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Honda is providing a sneak peak of the coming program. The company says its new technology could be applied to "multiple" future cars, a sign that it is stepping up its efforts in the fuel cell arena. "Honda's taking the fuel cell program very seriously," Honda spokeswoman Robyn Eagles told Design News. "It's above and beyond what we were doing previously."
The FCEV Concept is considered significant because it is said to be the first vehicle to pack the entire fuel cell powertrain into the engine compartment of a vehicle. In the past, fuel cells were typically too large to fit under the hood and, as such, had to be located under the center of the car. Honda isn't saying how it's reducing the size of the fuel cell stack on its forthcoming vehicles, but it did indicate that the smaller stack will free up cabin space and enable seating for up to five.
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The introduction of Hondaís FCEV Concept drew crowds at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show.
(Source: Honda Motor Co.)