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Honda Shows Off Hydrogen-Powered FCX Concept


21st November, 2006


The Spallino family of California, 
test drove the Honda FCX Concept 
hydrogen fuel cell vehicle 
on 14th November, 2006. 
The Spallino family is 
the first individual 
retail customer for 
a fuel cell vehicle 
and drive a 2005 
Honda FCX on a 
daily basis

American Honda has shown off its next-generation hydrogen-powered FCX concept car with a demonstration drive at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.

The FCX Concept features a newly developed compact, high-efficiency Honda FC Stack as well as a low-floor, low-riding, short-nose body. It offers a comfortably large cabin and futuristic styling along with significant improvements in power output and environmental performance.

Honda plans to begin limited sales of a totally new fuel cell vehicle based on this concept model in Japan and the U.S. in 2008.

To meet Honda objectives for significant gains in both environmental and driving performance, the FCX Concept is equipped with a V Flow1 fuel cell platform consisting of a compact, high-efficiency fuel cell stack arranged in an innovative centre-tunnel layout. This has allowed designers to provide an elegant, low-riding, sedan form that would have been difficult to achieve in a conventional fuel cell vehicle. This new fuel cell stack is 20 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the current FCX FC Stack, yet its power output is 14 kW greater. The drive motor has been positioned coaxially with the gearbox for a more compact design, with output increased by 15 kW.

Overall, the power plant is about 180 kg lighter than that of the current FCX and about 40 percent smaller in volume. The result is improved energy efficiency and performance along with a more spacious interior.

While with previous fuel cell stacks the hydrogen and the water formed in electricity generation flowed horizontally, the new FCX Concept features vertical-flow design. This allows gravity to assist in discharging the water that is produced, resulting in a major improvement in water drainage, key to high-efficiency fuel stack performance. The result is stable power generation under a broad range of conditions and higher output from a smaller package. Low-temperature startup has also been significantly improved, enabling cold-weather starts at temperatures 10˚C lower than the current FCX— as low as minus 30˚C.

As an auxiliary power source, the FCX Concept carries a compact, high-efficiency lithium ion battery, contributing to increased power output and a more compact power plant. These efficiency improvements to major power plant components give the vehicle a travel range approximately 30 percent greater than the current FCX. The vehicle is also highly efficient, with an energy efficiency of around 60 percent — approximately three times that of a petrol-engine vehicle, twice that of a hybrid vehicle and 10 percent better than the current FCX.

Other features include seat upholstery and door linings made from Honda Bio-Fabric, a plant-based material that offers outstanding durability and resistance to sunlight damage. Other improvements such as Shift-by-Wire and a newly designed instrument panel with easy-to-read display of hydrogen fuel consumption facilitate improved ease of operation.

The new fuel cell vehicle currently under development for release in 2008, will feature the principle technologies of the FCX Concept to achieve a new dimension in environmentally friendly driving pleasure not found with petrol-engine vehicles.


Number of passengers 4
Motor Max. Output 95 kW (129PS, 127 horsepower)
Max. Torque 256 Nm (26.1kg/m, 188.8 lb-ft.)
Type AC synchronous motor (Honda mfg.)
Fuel Cell Stack Type PEFC(proton exchange membrane fuel cell,
Honda Mfg.)
Output 100 kW
Fuel Type Compressed hydrogen
Storage High-pressure hydrogen tank (350 atm)
Tank Capacity 171 litres
Dimensions (L x W x H) 4,760 x 1,865 x 1,445mm
(187.4 x 73.4 x 56.9 inches)
Max. Speed 160 km/h (100 mph)
Energy Storage Lithium Ion Battery
Vehicle Range* 570 kms (354 miles)

* When driven in LA4 mode (Honda calculations)

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