Sunday, November 24, 2013

2015 Shell by Honda FCEV Concept fuel-cell car [2 VIDEO]

Honda has promised a new fuel-cell powered car for 2015, previewing the potential styling of the eco-friendly car with its FCEV Concept. Improving on power, efficiency, passenger space, and design over the Honda FCX Clarity, the FCEV Concept develops over 100 kW from its fuel-cell stack, cladding it in an aerodynamically creased body shell and promising 300 miles of range.
Unlike past fuel-cell vehicles, the FCEV Concept is the first-ever car to move the fuel-cell powertrain inside the engine bay. That change in design creates additional space for passengers, as well as the opportunity to potentially implement the technology across other vehicle segments in the future. By comparison to the current FCX Clarity, the FCEV Concept has a smaller fuel-cell stack that, despite its diminutive size, produces more electricity, upping the car’s efficiency and driving range.
Whereas an electric car can take anything from 30 minutes to several hours to recharge – the Cadillac ELR we tested earlier this week takes around 4.5 hrs to charge its battery, assuming you have a 240 V supply – Honda says the FCEV Concept refuels in a fraction of that time. In fact, given a 70 MPa supply, it can fill up its hydrogen tanks in around three minutes.
Too often, talk about future timelines in 2015 and 2020 is met with skepticism, either about the technology or the commitment” senior VP of auto operations for Honda America Mike Accavitti said at the concept’s big reveal. “So, let me give you a word of advice today, don’t confuse our candor with a lack of progress. The advancement we are making is substantial, meaningful and very real.”