2013 LA Auto Show Preview: Honda shows the first sketch with its FCEV Concept

Article by Christian A., on November 11, 2013

At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda will bring the FCEV Concept and released today the first sketch with the vehicle. According to the Japanese carmaker, this concept previews a potential styling direction for its next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which will be launched in the United States and Japan in 2015 and alter in Europe.

Honda is not new to fuel-cell electric vehicles as back in 2002 it was the first car manufacturer to begin a retail initiative with the leasing of its fuel-cell electric vehicles to fleet customers. Moreover, Honda was also the first carmaker to put a fuel-cell electric vehicle in the hands of an individual retail consumer in 2005.

“The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company’s vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future.”

According to American Honda Motor Co.’s senior VP, Mike Accavitti, the Honda FCEV Concept sets the direction for their next generation fuel-cell vehicle as well as for future advancements in electric drive technology. He says that their progress is real, substantial, and meaningful.

For almost 20 years, Honda has led the automotive industry in developing and deploying fuel-cell technology through extensive testing. Honda has made very important technological advancements in terms of fuel-cell operation, meeting stringent safety regulations, and emissions requirements since 2002, when it introduced the FCX – its first generation fuel-cell vehicle.

In 2002, Honda began leasing the Honda FCX, its first-generation FCEV, as well as deployed vehicles in Japan and the U.S. This also included the FCX’s successor, the Honda FCX Clarity, which was named the World Green Car in 2009. Honda delivered these vehicles individually to retail consumers and collected significant data on the real-world use of hydrogen stations and fuel cell-electric cars.

The Honda FCX Clarity, which is the carmaker’s current fuel cell-electric vehicle, was launched in July 2008 then was quickly celebrated as a technological achievement in the areas of efficiency, packaging, and design. As the first dedicated fuel-cell vehicle in the world, the Honda FCX Clarity sports a stunning silhouette as well as a low-slung cabin. Honda maintained the Clarity’s futuristic styling with the car’s V-flow fuel cell stack, which is positioned down its center, and with the electric motor positioned in the front. Moreover, the Clarity delivers a driving range of 240 miles.

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