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Honda FCEV Concept

Hyundai, Honda Roll Out Fuel Cells Vehicles

Honda FCEV ConceptHyundai and Honda both made fuel cell vehicle news at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

Hyundai says it plans to offer its next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle for the US market for $499 per month for a 36-month term, with $2,999 down. This includes unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. Availability will begin in spring 2014 at several Southern California Hyundai dealers.

Also, the Honda FCEV Concept (pictured) made its world debut at the LA Auto Show. Honda anticipates launching its next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in the US and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.

The automaker says the 5-passenger car will feature the world’s first application of a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle. Technological advancements to the fuel-cell stack have yielded more than 100 kW of power output, Honda says. The power density is now 3 kW/L, an increase of 60 percent, with the stack size reduced 33 percent compared to the FCX Clarity.

Honda says the next-generation FCEV is anticipated to deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles with a quick refueling time of about three minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.

Meanwhile Toyota will display a concept version of its fuel cell vehicle scheduled for launch around 2015 at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the month and Daimler and General Motors are investing in two separate fuel cell projects aimed at developing technology and building out infrastructure for fuel-cell electric cars.

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3 thoughts on “Hyundai, Honda Roll Out Fuel Cells Vehicles

  1. Does this make sense to anyone?
    Besides selling at a loss, and with tax payer incentives,
    CA plans upon building 4,000 each, $4,000,000.00 hydrogen dispensers, that burn natural gas, to create H2, and then compress that gas to several thousand psi. Besides wasting natural gas, the electrical energy used to compress the wasted natural gas residue (H2) is more than the energy contained in the H2 gas product itself.
    So, the way to reduce green house gas is to throw money at a technology that wastes energy when building the car, when wasting natural gas, and in wasted energy to compress & dispense the fuel.
    Ouch, my wallet hurts just thinking about this.

  2. Chris, take care with postings from CO2Good. He is generally wrong in fundamental assumptions and he often makes claims that are outright false.
    He began by claiming that CA was “selling at a loss”. But he never made clear what he thought CA was ‘selling’, and he never provided a single link backing up his claim of a ‘loss’.
    In addition, the final link embedded in the article above specifically notes how Daimler, GM, and five other companies are each investing in building out hydrogen fueling infrastructures. So here are two large companies who believe that their investments will pay out. In other words, it isn’t just government pushing this idea. Furthermore, the same link contains numbers indicating that the cost per fueling station is more like $1.25M instead of the $4M figure CO2Good claims above.
    More egregiously, CO2Good claimed that “the electrical energy used to compress the … (H2) is more than the energy contained in the H2 gas product itself”. This claim is patently false.
    CO2Good then went on to include the energy cost of making the car, but conveniently he simply ignored the fact that the same energy would be used to make a non-fuel-cell powered car; in the absence of the fuel cell alternative. And finally, he also ignored the fact that using methane as a fuel feedstock results in less GHG pollution than the standard petroleum feedstock.
    In conclusion, his head may have hurt when trying to think about this and other things, but his wallet didn’t.

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