With announcements of Hyundai Tucson FCV and Toyota Mirai which also shares the same energy concept, 2015 Honda FCV seems as a distant memory. However, just like the rest of its east-Asian competitors, Honda started fuel-cell technology research a long time ago and FCV concept is just the beginning of this story.
In fact, Japanese government supported a coalition between Honda and Toyota which had a goal to make Japan a winner in fuel-cell technology research. It seems that they had made it which is a nice example of how bitter rivals can work together even if there’s no dire need to do so.
It was first presented in Japan and at 2014 LA Auto Show. The idea is to eliminate fuel based upon oil variations from the picture completely, and instead offer “greener” power source with better sustainability index. That’s where hydrogen enters the fray. Fuel-cell stack produces 134 hp (100 kW) of power. That’s the part of the car where oxygen from air and hydrogen from the “fuel” tank combine and make electricity as a product of their reaction. That’s basically it. FCV is powered by the electricity and ejects water vapor which is the reaction’s nus product. No emissions whatsoever.
Styling – Interior and Exterior
2015 Honda FCV is quite futuristic in its design. It is hard to expect that any future vehicle based upon it will have most of its surfaces, but something might make production. Front end fascia doesn’t stand a chance. Way too thin headlights, vertical air intakes in front of the fenders and upright grille would have more chance in superhero comic books than in real life. You might also notice that there are no handlebars on either one of FCV’s doors. They are opened remotely. Even though the idea sounds interesting, we just don’t see that happening in near future. Power moonroof which stretches across the whole roofline would also be expensive and rather inconvenient, but the rear end hides some manageable options which could remain unchanged when FCV gets its successor.
Interior is also futuristic and comes in black and white, an option which many manufacturers choose for their electric and hybrid cars. Based upon a price, future production-ready model will either come with synthetic or leather upholstery, but we still expect it to be offered in black-gray-white trio of colors. Touch screen infotainment system is a must in these kind of vehicles, but advanced electronic safety features aren’t. Still, even though 2014 Honda FCV didn’t bother with offering many features, its offspring will have to do that in order to be competitive.
The biggest problem for fuel-cell vehicles is infrastructure. State of California already works on this problem, but other states are much slower. Idea is great indeed. You are able to fill your tank in 3 to 5 minutes and don’t have to worry for another 430 miles.
2015 Honda FCV Price
We can only speculate about the price at this point as we don’t yet know which platform will Honda choose, but be prepared to pay around $40,000 at least, and all that after tax rebates and refunds.
2014 Honda FCV is a great piece of engineering, a vast improvement over Honda’s first fuel-cell vehicle, FCX. It remains to see in which way the infrastructure, or a lack of one to be more precise, will impact its future.