Taking centre-stage on the Honda stand at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show will be a variety of future mobility concepts and production-ready automobiles, the most prominent of which is a new fuel-cell vehicle which honda has tentatively dubbed the FCV.
The new hydrogen-powered sedan will be Honda’s first full production fuel cell vehicle, and follows in the footsteps of the FCX Clarity, Honda’s hydrogen pilot program which was offered to select customers in strictly limited numbers.
The new FCV takes it styling cues from the recently revealed Civic sedan, with a long, flowing roofline terminating in a short boot lid. Up front a chrome wing grille extends into the headlights, which then in turn dip deep into the front bumper.
Up to 700 kilometres range is promised, as tested on the somewhat generous Japanese test-cycle, with a pair of high output electric motors promising to deliver exhilarating driving.
When combined with an external power-feeding inverter the FCV can also be used as a mobile power generator to generate electricity in times of emergency.
The interior of the FCV features a cleanly styled dash, minimalish centre console with push-button automatic, and a large centrtal touchscreen. Honda has packaged the FCV to provide seating for five.
Currently, the FCV's main cometition comes in the form of Toyota's Hydrogen fuelled Mirai fuel cell vehicle.
More details, plus the FVC’s official title will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this month.
Joining the FCV will be the 2&4 concept, the production NSX, as well as a pair of mobility concepts, the Wander Stand upright capsule, and Wander Walker designed to move freely amongst pedestrians.