Honda Has Another Hydrogen Car It Wants To Talk To You About

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Honda took the wraps off its hydrogen-powered FCV sedan Wednesday. It that will pick up from where the FCX Clarity left off last year.

The FCV will be shown Oct. 28 at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, alongside the automaker’s NSX and Civic Type R. (Any bets on what goes on sale first?) However, it probably won’t be called the FCV when it goes on sale next March in Japan in sometime after in the U.S. Like the FCX Clarity, the FCV may not have much of a life outside California — that’s really the only state with a semblance of hydrogen fuel infrastructure.

The FCV will take on the Toyota Mirai hydrogen car with the same idea but very different executions. The Mirai looks like it’s from the future; the FCV looks like someone colored outside the lines on a Civic.

According to Honda, the FCV will sport a range of more than 400 miles from its fuel cell powertrain and can generate power for “the community” in emergency situations.

The interior will seat five adults, but the automaker isn’t telling us much beyond that. Follow the water to find out more, I guess.

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  • King of Eldorado King of Eldorado on Sep 30, 2015

    Something in the rear quarter side view evokes the Subaru SVX,and I don't mean that in a bad way. Maybe it's mostly the contrasting roof color, which was available on the SVX?

  • OneAlpha OneAlpha on Sep 30, 2015

    Hydrogen works great - as reaction plasma in a thermonuclear tokamak. It isn't really any good as a combustion fuel. And as a secondary concern, somebody needs to remind these automotive product planners of the old design principle that the greatest lines in art are the simplest. Enough of this Four Wheeled Literbike design language.

  • RideHeight RideHeight on Sep 30, 2015

    METI giveth, protecteth, and sometimes METI cracketh the whip. Every government has some kind of affirmative action.

  • Shaker Shaker on Oct 01, 2015

    Ironic that a man who is building spacecraft has eschewed the use of H2 in his automobiles.

    • Redav Redav on Oct 01, 2015

      Use the right tool for the job. Batteries are the best solution for cars, but they'd be terrible for airplanes. That's why I expect niches to develop for different uses. City cars/commuters will be battery EVs. Large trucks (garbage trucks, buses, FedEx) will be natural gas. Semis will still be diesel.