2016 Honda FCV sedan front three quarters

2016 Honda FCV may spawn new EV and PHEV

October 25, 2015

The 2016 Honda FCV (tentative name) is all set to become Honda’s show-stopper at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show where it will have its world premiere. The all-new model has evolved from the Honda FCV concept that was a further development of the Honda FCEV concept, and will replace the Honda FCX Clarity that is a successor to the Honda FCX.

The 2016 Honda FCV will be a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle but may spawn new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as per a report from Autoblog. Honda announced in January that it will launch a new battery-electric vehicle and a new plug-in hybrid model by 2018.

Ryan Harty, Manager of Environmental Business Development at American Honda Motor Company (Honda’s U.S. subsidiary), told the publication’s eco-friendly division AutoblogGreen that Honda wants “to bring these vehicles [EV and PHEV] to market in significant volume.” “One way to make that feasible would be repurpose the FCEV to use a battery or a PHEV powertrain,” he added.

2016 Honda FCV interior

Using the FCV as the basis for the forthcoming EV and PHEV sounds logical financially and in the development aspect too. Both R&D and manufacturing costs can be kept lower. Moreover, development would also be faster, not to mention the simplicity of vehicle line-up – something the Japanese automakers need to learn from the Germans.

Back to the Honda FCV, the new hydrogen fuel cell-powered sedan will be a five-seat sedan with a cruising range of more than 700 km (in JC08 test cycle). One of its most productive features, apart from the basic eco-friendly commute itself, will be the capability to function as a “mobile power plant” that generates and provides electricity using an external power feeding inverter in case of an emergency.

[Source: Autoblog]

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