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.
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.