Honda said it would build a new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) based on the recently launched CR-V SUV starting in 2024 at its Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio.

This new zero emissions vehicle will contribute to a previously announced goal to make battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and FCEVs represent 100% of its global auto sales by 2040.

The new CR-V-based FCEV also will mark North America’s first production vehicle to combine a plug-in feature with FCEV technology in one model, which enables the driver to charge the onboard battery to deliver EV driving around town with the flexibility of fast hydrogen refueling for longer trips.

“Gary Robinson, head of auto planning & strategy for American Honda Motor, said: “As we accelerate our plan to produce Honda battery EVs in the US, we also will begin low volume production of fuel cell electric vehicles there to further explore their great potential as part of a sustainable transportation future.”

The PMC was conceived as a small volume, specialty manufacturing facility, focused on craftsmanship and hand-assembled vehicles. Since opening in 2016, it has built the Acura NSX supercar, multiple Acura PMC Edition vehicles (including TLX, RDX and MDX) plus Honda Performance Development race cars. This makes the PMC uniquely suited to production of high-quality FCEVs, which require special assembly procedures.

This approach echoes the broad role that Honda’s Tochigi, Japan plant played in manufacturing both the original NSX in 1989 and, later, the FCX Clarity FCEV in 2008.