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Trevor Collett | Nov, 18 2014 | 0 Comments

Honda has unveiled a new FCV Concept in Japan as a preview to the carmaker's next hydrogen-powered model.

The FCV follows the similar FCEV Concept of last year’s LA Auto Show, but this new version brings a more production-ready look to the design.

Honda has toned-down the futuristic styling from FCEV to FCV, but elements of the original concept’s swooping design still remain.

The FCV is Honda’s replacement for the FCX Clarity, and is set to arrive in Japanese showrooms in March 2016 followed by Europe and the US.

The fuel-cell stack in the FCV is 33 percent smaller than in the FCX, producing more than 100kW with an output density as high as 3.1 kW/l.

Honda says this will give the FCV a 60 percent boost in performance, while also giving the new model more passenger and luggage space.

The new fuel-cell package is small enough to fit under the bonnet with the rest of the powertrain, allowing most of the sedan body behind the firewall to be devoted to passengers and cargo.

This layout also lends itself to other hydrogen-powered models on the same platform, so a hatch, wagon, SUV or more could spring from the FCV’s design.

Honda Power Exporter Concept
Honda Power Exporter Concept

The hydrogen tank holds enough fuel to enable an impressive 700km of range, and can be refuelled in just three minutes.

A second concept has been unveiled by Honda as a companion to the FCV.

Called the ‘Power Exporter’, it serves as an AC power outlet with a maximum 9kW output which turns the FCV into something of a mobile power generator.

Pricing for the Japanese market is yet to be revealed, but Honda says the FCV will costs less than the FCX Clarity it replaces.

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