Honda FCEV concept which was presented at last year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show is an indicator of how Honda’s future fuel-cell lineup is going to look. Concept is way too sharp-looking and futuristic, however, to actually make production like that, but 2016 Honda FCEV should take something from it when it arrives.
Styling – Interior and Exterior
At the time of FCEV’s release, it was believed that next generation of Honda’s fuel-cell electric vehicles will be powered by hydrogen-filled fuel-cell stacks, 30 percent smaller than in previous concepts. New FCV concept which is only slightly facelifted version of it, confirms the story. FCEV’s powertrain now delivers 136 horses which should be more than enough for above average performance, considering the all-electric nature of it.
Now, as far as FCEV’s exterior design is concerned, it is hard to expect that any manufacturer would actually be bold enough to go for it. Will Honda do it, it is still too early to say. However, it can safely be expected that this isn’t going to happen. This vehicle has just way too many futuristic parts and creases coupled with large air intakes which are usually part of supercars. As a fuel-cell vehicle, 2016 Honda FCEV should have some distinctive features, but not that many. This means that production-ready model will actually be quite different, but it would be a real shame to blunt all of its sharpness, and we certainly hope that some of it is going to survive.
What can be expected, though, is that cabin room volume will only get larger. Smaller fuel-cell stack already offered more space for both passengers and their cargo, but new design could improve on that even further. Yet again, concept actually has some way too advanced lines, on the inside this time. Lever-like steering wheel is a no-no from the get-go, but the dashboard layout looks sophisticated and, more importantly, plausible.
Still, don’t expect so much of wood grain and such a large touch screen display. Moreover, leather seats aren’t really seen as a best option for zero-emission car, but that still might be left as an option. 2016 Honda FCEV should be highly advanced car in way of technology, and should come with all latest tech upgrades, currently available in the markets.
Just like any other fuel-cell vehicle, FCEV will require hydrogen fill-up which should take three to five minutes to be completed. After that, it will offer more than 300 miles of quiet ride with no emissions whatsoever. In case you’re wondering why it has a tailpipe, that’s for excess water which is produced after oxygen from air and hydrogen finish their reaction.
2016 Honda FCEV Price details
The other product of this reaction is electricity, of course, which powers the electric motor and the car itself. It is still unknown which price range will Honda choose for their new fuel-cell vehicle, but more than $50,000 seems in order.
2016 Honda FCEV should be the final fuel-cell product from Japanese maker’s kitchen as their competitors from Toyota seem to be one year ahead of them as it is. Waiting even more would make future Honda’s vulnerable as most of potential buyers would already be swayed in their opponents’ favor.