Honda flashes a glimpse at its next-generation fuel cell vehicle
By C.C. Weiss
November 12, 2013
Honda plans to hit the Tokyo Motor Show hard with concepts. Creating a multi-theater concept attack, the automaker will save at least one reveal for the LA Auto Show, which runs at the same time. The fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) Concept previews the styling direction of its next fuel cell vehicle, which will launch in 2015.
"The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company's vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles," says 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."
Honda began offering fuel cell leases with the FCX in 2002, followed by the FCX Clarity a few years later. It says that about two dozen customers are driving FCX Clarity vehicles today, enjoying the benefits of the advanced alternative-fuel technology while returning beta-style feedback.The FCEV will serve as the basis of their successor.
Honda describes the FCEV design as futuristic and aerodynamic design, and its face and profile are certainly sliced and diced by air intakes. The car also appears to have a set of aero-optimized wheels, though those could just be fancy concept-car jewelry.
If you're as obsessed with cars as we are, Christmas comes a little early this year. Both the LA and Tokyo auto shows open up to the media on November 20. Gizmag will be on the ground at both shows, so stay tuned for the latest in alternative fuels, concept cars, car tech and more.