November 20, 2006

Honda demonstrates FCX concept vehicle in U.S.

Honda FCX Concept
Honda FCX Concept. Click image to enlarge

Monterey, California – American Honda Motor Co. Inc. has held a demonstration drive of the next-generation FCX Concept fuel cell vehicle at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California. The car features a newly-developed high-efficiency compact fuel cell stack, with a low-floor, low-riding body. Limited marketing of a totally new fuel cell vehicle based on this concept is expected to begin in 2008 in the U.S. and Japan.

The new fuel cell stack is 20 per cent smaller and 30 per cent lighter than the current FCX stack, yet its power output is 14 kW greater. While the previous stack design had hydrogen and water flowing horizontally, the new FCX Concept features a vertical-flow design, which results in stable power generation under a broad range of conditions, and higher output from a smaller package. Low-temperature startup has been significantly improved, enabling cold-weather starts at temperatures 10 C lower than the current FCX, to as low as minus 30 C.

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