Like Toyota and BMW, Honda insists that hydrogen has a place in the automotive industry. The company is working with General Motors on a next-generation fuel cell system that will be integrated into the upcoming CR-V-based FCEV. Shown in a new video, the crossover will be released this year as an indirect replacement for the Clarity sedan, which was withdrawn from the market in 2021.
Honda is doing things differently this time since the new model will combine a fuel cell and a battery. The promotion shows the benefits of two-way charging as the owner powers their coffee maker remotely using battery juice. Later in the video, we can see him driving to a hydrogen refueling station to fill the two rear-mounted H2 tanks.
There are several battery-powered electric vehicles on sale with this feature, with notable examples being the Hyundai Ioniq 5/Kia EV6/Genesis GV60, Nissan Leaf, Ford F-150 Lightning, and a few Volkswagen ID models. align. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV also has this feature.
Adding a battery into the mix should help reduce range anxiety, especially since hydrogen fueling infrastructure leaves much to be desired. Honda isn’t willing to go into details yet, but we do know that the CR-V FCEV will be manufactured at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio. Yes, that’s where the Acura NSX rolled off the assembly line until the hybrid supercar was discontinued in November 2022. Even the JDM-spec version will be imported from the PMC site.
The release of the video comes just days after Shell announced plans to permanently close all seven hydrogen stations in California. The reason we’re talking about this is because the old Clarity Fuel Cell was only available for rental in the Golden State.
The prototype shown in this video wearing a blue wrap appears to be the US version judging by the obligatory orange side markers. Compared to a regular CR-V, this one has clear taillights and a charging port on the driver’s side front fender for recharging the battery or powering appliances or other devices. It’s unclear if Honda is keeping the CR-V name or if it intends to use something else.
Honda said the fuel cell system would be two-thirds less expensive to build and twice as durable. When it arrives later this year, the CR-V FCEV is expected to become the only fuel cell electric passenger vehicle made in the United States.
It will be competing in a rarefied segment since hydrogen cars will be rare in 2024. Toyota has the Japanese-made Mirai – which it admits has not been a success – and Hyundai has promised that a next generation of its Nexo, built in Korea, would. will be launched in 2025.
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