• Sep 25, 2006

Honda recently demostrated its FCX Concept fuel cell vehicle to journalists at its reseach facility north of Tokyo, in which the FCX quietly moved at around 100 MPH on their test track. The futuristic FCX Concept is targeted for limited sale in the U.S. and Japan in 2008, according to Honda. The car uses a new fuel cell stack that can fit between the driver and passenger, instead of taking up space under the floor. The smaller size fuel cell stack is also more powerful than the previous one, while only weighing 148 pounds.

The FCX Concept is not exactly new, but this is the first we've heard of any definite plans to introduce a fuel cell vehicle to the U.S. with a specific design. Based on what we've heard before, the FCX will probably be sold at a premium price that may only be within reach of wealthy early adopters (i.e. celebrities).

[Source: Yahoo News]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I remain skeptical of hydrogen as a power source. I think it's a bad idea for GM and it's a bad idea for Honda. However. . . At least GM and Honda are both developing electric drive trains and all the ancillary technology that goes with them. The really sad entry in this race is BMW with their Hydrogen 7 model and its conventional internal combustion engine. At least GM and Honda can eventually (after they give up on hydrogen) convert their technology into battery-electric or hybrid cars fairly easily. BMW will have nothing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks ugly. I haven't seen an original hybrid/alternative model that looks good. The best looking one to me right now is the Civic Hybrid. Why can't car manufacturers make more aesthetically appeasing fuel economical cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      So what if Honda's hybrid was a "mild" hybrid? It still had the best MPG of ANY vehicle sold in America for its entire production life! It doesn't matter how you get there, all that matters is the end result. Toyota made the Prius to keep people from noticing the horrible fuel economy of the rest of their lineup, save for their econoboxes. Honda builds fuel efficient vehicles because they CARE.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #32...Uh, Ridgeline?

      A Ridgeline truck can tow your boat, base model with towing package.

      Or how about a Pilot? I grant neither of these vehicles are considered "full size" like a
      Suburban...but you can still tow your car or boat quite handily.

      As for this fuel car...i love all the negative comments on the styling. Seriously. A) it's a concept, and B) Yea the prius is soooo attractive. I'd take this car in a heartbeat if it can do what it claims to.

      Also, i heard in other posts that the front end of fuel cell vehicles have to have a larger air intake for cooling (admittidly dont know if thats true).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kudos to Honda. Many would sure be lining up on dealerships as soon as Honda begins to sell limited units of their fuel cell vehicles based on the FCX Concept in 2008 in the US and in Japan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its a new paradigm in cars.

      Oi, Honda is changing everything because Fuel Cells give us all that freedom. What would be the point to make yet one more 3-box design when the car has no engine to speak of?

      The beauty of fuel cells is that there is no centralized power plant any more. Instead there is a network of components which can be placed where they are needed.

      Honda is selling all these components holistically because they HAVE focus. Being unfocussed would lead to something half-assed and crappy, with a shelf life of a few minutes. Why would anyone want that?

      What would be ridiculous is putting this new breed of power plant in a 1939 Benz 540k. But I bet alot of people would find it easier to stomach.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9 ron, did you miss the sequel announcement a few days ago? GM hasn't been sitting on their butts. the difference is, their fuel cell vehicle is going to be priced within the means of the ordinary consumer. sure, the honda is available a couple years earlier, but it's going to be something only the rich can own. give some credit where it's due!

      And before i'm accused of doing the same, nicely done honda. not sure it's quite my cup of tea, but kudos to anyone dedicated to putting fuel cell vehicles on the road.

      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 LOL. Dodge Intrepid? This looks about as much like a Dodge Intrepid as you look like an ass. Oh, wait...
      • 8 Years Ago
      How little is that dude? Or is it a huge car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let me predict it right now. If this story was about GM and the Sequel, people would bash them and say they were dumb to bring it out when there are not any re-fueling stations. But since this is a Honda, my guess is people will gush all over this, praise Honda for being innovative and bash GM for being late to the party.

      Have they even announced whether this thing can go 300 miles on a refill, like the Sequel can? Doing something is one thing. Doing it right is another.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You mean wake up Dodge. Their lawyers need to file suit over the theft of the defunct 2002 Dodge Intrepid design.
      Bill
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wake up GM & Ford
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