Honda FCEV Revealed
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Your driving future is bright and sustainable with Honda FCEV

While I don’t recommend scraping your pride and joy fossil fueled toy today, the future in automotive technology is hydrogen fuel cell powered electric propulsion. As demonstrated by the Honda FCEV Concept, the future is bright and sustainable. I find the concept’s line to be awe inspiring. Practical? Not so much so.

As Honda and the world’s automotive superpowers jump on the alternative energy bandwagon, Governor Jerry Brown and the California State legislature has passed a bill approving the supplemental funding of 100 Nitrogen fueling stations in the Golden State. The price tag? $ 109,000.000.00. According to California, this will supplement the building of 100 additional nitrogen fuel station in the state’s current network. California's on board for a bright sustainable future. With 38,000,000 consumers they have to be.

California, and Sacramento specifically, has worked with Honda developement in the past. Electric car development is of interest to a state that enjoys $5.00 per gallon seasonal gasoline prices. And according to Honda, the FCEV Concept and other fuel cell cars are in effect electric.

Do I see a Civic or Accord based fuel cell in the future? How about a nice Odyssey or Ridgeline.

With Honda development jumping into bed with General Motors and the United States military, the reality of fuel cell propulsion is upon us.

While the Jetson-esque Honda FCEV concept as shown at the L.A. Auto Show looks a bit too futuristic for today’s rigors of broken highway gorilla warfare, as stated by Honda of North America’s C.E.O. Tetso Iwamura…” the FCEV hints at Honda’s future direction for fuel cell vehicles. While the car is a concept, it points towards a view of a real future.” In other words, you won’t see the Honda FCEV flashing to pass you in the rear view mirror anytime soon. As with most car show concepts, I doubt that this one has any running gear in it.

However, Honda does state that this next generation FCEV will produce 66% more power from a much smaller fuel cell (generator.) Honda estimates that the newest manifestation of hydrogen generated propulsion will provide an average range of 300 miles between refueling. They figure by then that it will be time for the Jetson family to drop into Starbucks, while letting Little Elroy hit the restroom. As to a wide marketing and distribution of the Honda FCEV? Don’t hold your breath.

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This is a good looking car. But for some reason the front of the FCEV concept reminds me BMW i8. Is it only me or others think the same?
Good observation Bradley. Hard to say. When we look at the evolution of automotive design ( take a look on the street) we find similar design cues in all mainstream ( popular) makes and models. Blame it on the California Design School. As to the i8? stunning.... And it should be for $140,000.
A few corrections: 1. Not "Nitrogen" stations, Hydrogen. 2. Not "According to Honda"... FCEV Concept and other fuel cell cars are "in effect" electric. According to Honda and everyone else, they "are" electric, not "in effect". FCEV's are just that. An EV. 3. Not 66% more power output. Honda stated specifically "over 100kw FC stack output". Power output increase was not given other than "over 100kw". The 66% figure is the fuel cell stack energy density (power / weight) being 66% greater density. 4. Not an "average range of 300 miles". Specifically stated "over 300 mile range". 5. Starbucks? That's optional. :-) Steve