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Honda brings FCV Concept to N. America, promises new EV and PHEV models by 2018

Honda staged the North American debut of the Honda FCV fuel cell vehicle at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS); the company also announced US availability for the FCV in 2016. (Earlier post.)

Honda also used the venue to announce that it will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including a new battery-electric model and plug-in hybrid model by 2018. Additionally, Honda said it plans further application of its two- and three-motor hybrid systems in the years to come. Honda also announced plans to introduce new VTEC Turbo engines to be built in Ohio and debut later in 2015.

Honda FCV Concept. The Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of Honda’s next fuel-cell vehicle, anticipated to launch in the US following its March 2016 introduction in Japan. The new Honda fuel-cell car will feature seating for five-passengers; a driving range estimated to be in excess of 300 miles; and an anticipated refueling time of approximately 3 minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.

Its fuel cell stack, which fits entirely within under the hood, is 33% smaller with a 60% increase in power density compared to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity.

The Honda FCV Concept made its world debut in Japan on 17 November 2014, followed by an announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show that Honda will provide FirstElement Fuel with $13.8 million in financial assistance to build additional hydrogen refueling stations throughout the state of California in an effort to support the wider introduction of fuel-cell vehicles.

Next-Generation Advanced Powertrain Vehicles. In addition to the all-new fuel-cell vehicle, by 2018 Honda will introduce several next-generation advanced powertrain vehicles that will leverage new Honda Earth Dreams Technology powertrains. (Earlier post.) These next-generation vehicles will include an all-new Honda plug-in hybrid model (PHEV); an all-new Honda battery-electric vehicle (BEV); and further applications of two- and three-motor hybrid systems.

New VTEC Turbo Engines. Before the end of the year, Honda will begin to introduce new 4-cylinder VTEC Turbo engines, extending its Earth Dreams Technology powertrain lineup.

Production of the new VTEC Turbo engines will begin later this year at Honda’s Anna, Ohio, engine plant, the largest automobile engine plant in Honda’s global production network. Honda is investing $340 million at the Anna Engine Plant to produce the VTEC Turbo 4-cylinder engines using domestic and globally sourced parts, including the addition of a third assembly line for production of 4-cylinder engines and additional manufacturing innovations.

In an effort to showcase Honda’s innovative technologies and wide-ranging mobility prowess, the automaker also showcased the HondaJet advanced light jet, the Acura NSX mid-engine hybrid performance sports car (earlier post), the UNI-CUB personal mobility device and the return of Honda to Formula One racing.

Customer deliveries of the North Carolina-made HondaJet advanced light jet, which is powered by two GE-Honda HF120 turbofan engines, will begin this year after Federal Aviation Administration type certification is achieved.

Honda F1 racing power, in the form of a new power unit—a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and hybrid-type kinetic and thermal energy recovery systems—will return to Formula One through Honda's partnership with McLaren and drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, beginning with the opening race of the series in Melbourne, Australia on March 15, 2015.



The news here ain't the Fuel Cell; the news is Honda's in the BEV game. Toyota is also...just haven't said so yet...still checking the responses to their FCV announcement and hoping it gains traction. Everything you need to produce a good BEV is available right now except "The Better Battery." And, it around the next corner.


It's not just about building an electric car, Honda has proven the can do a good job of that. It's about producing EVs at volume. Retooling for millions of motors, inverters and most difficult batteries.


Honda stopped making the eFit. A two year old LEAF sells for half the retail price, people complain about reduced range after only a few years.


Customer satisfaction surveys (widely published) show very high satisfaction levels with the FitEV, LEAF and other EVs.

Since all modern EVs except the Tesla Roadster still have batteries under warranty, apparently that's not a relevant concern.

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