Already shown in Japan, the latest Honda FCV makes its North American debut in Detroit next month

Already shown in Japan, the latest Honda FCV makes its North American debut in Detroit next month

Honda’s latest hydrogen-fuelled FCV concept will make its North American debut at the Detroit show next month ahead of its Japanese and US launches in the first quarter of 2016.

The FCV concept features a low and wide aerodynamic body with new powertrain packaging efficiencies delivering improved passenger space over the FCX Clarity FCV including seating for up to five people.

First shown in Japan last month, it was followed by an announcement that Honda will provide FirstElement Fuel with US$13.8m in financial assistance to build additional hydrogen refuelling stations throughout the state of California to support the wider introduction of FCVs.

Honda’s original FCX became the first EPA- and CARB-certified fuel-cell vehicle in July 2002. It was also the world’s first production fuel cell vehicle, introduced to the US and Japan in December 2002.

Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is taking a portfolio approach to reducing the environmental impact of its products, advancing fuel efficiency, low emissions and fun-to-drive performance with new powertrain technologies from its Earth Dreams Technology which includes more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions and advanced electromotive technologies.

Honda’s North American alternative-fuel vehicle range includes the Fit [Jazz] EV, Civic Hybrid, the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe and the Accord Hybrid, claimed to be the most fuel-efficient five-passenger sedan in America, as well as the Accord Plug-In Hybrid and the Civic Natural Gas, the only dedicated natural gas powered passenger car available from a major automaker in America.