Fueled by Toyota’s aggressive strategy of focusing on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Honda doesn’t want to be far behind. Though Honda has been selling the FCX Clarity hydrogen FCV, it has seen nothing but limited production and limited market presence.
In a just-released scoop story, Autocar is reporting that the company is planning to start mass-production of hydrogen FCVs by the end of this decade.
The company’s recent development in the segment was the FCV Concept which was unveiled in Tokyo last year, and then displayed at the 2015 North American Auto Show in January and at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. Its production version will serve as a successor to the FCX Clarity. Speaking to the British publication, Thomas Brachmann, Chief Project Engineer at Honda R&D Europe said that the some body parts of the concept may need revision but it’s very close to production version. He didn’t reveal the production figure but did suggest that it won’t be as low as 250-1,000 a year.
The FCV Concept had a range of 700 km (435 miles) and the production version will have a range of around 483 km (300 miles). Mr. Brachmann estimates that the FCV technology is still 10-15 years from being widely accepted, and so, Honda is prepared to offer a variety of powertrain mix till then.
The FCV Concept will go into production in 2016, with sales commencing in Japan in March the same year. U.S. will also get the FCX Clarity-successor later that year. Among its plans of electrified vehicles, the Japanese automaker also has a new battery-electric vehicle and a new plug-in hybrid model on the cards. Both eco-friendly vehicles will be launched by 2018.
More information about the Honda FCV Concept can be found here.
Honda FCV Concept – Image Gallery