Honda has unveiled the Honda FCV Concept, a concept car for a future fuel cell vehicle (FCV) alongside the Honda Power Exporter Concept, a concept model for an external power feeding device that enables AC power output from the FCV.

The new FCV that will be based on this concept model is scheduled to go on sale in Japan by the end of March, 2016 and subsequently in the US and Europe. In addition to the FCV and external power feeding device, Honda says it will further promote the application of the Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS), a packaged hydrogen station unit that adopts Honda's original high-differential-pressure electrolyzer. In this way, Honda says it will work toward the forthcoming hydrogen society under three key concepts - "generate," "use" and "get connected" - and "strive for the early realization of a CO2-free society".

Honda says it views hydrogen as a high-potential, next-generation energy carrier due to the fact that hydrogen can be generated from various energy sources and is easily transportable and storable.

The Honda FCV Concept is a concept car for Honda's next-generation FCV, a successor model to the FCX Clarity, with which Honda strives to achieve a further improvement in performance and a reduction in cost.

The newly developed fuel cell stack installed to this concept car is 33% smaller than the previous fuel cell stack but with higher output improving the overall performance by approximately 60% compared to the previous version.

Honda says its next-generation FCV will be the world's first FCV sedan with the entire powertrain, including the downsized fuel cell stack, consolidated under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle. This powertrain layout "enables a full cabin package that seats five adults comfortably and also will make it possible to evolve this vehicle into multiple models in the future when the more widespread use of FCVs requires enhanced choices for customers", the company says.

The Honda FCV Concept is also equipped with a 70 MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank that provides a cruising range of more than 700 km, it is claimed. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes, Honda claims.