Honda's next-generation FCX Concept fuel cell vehicle made its European driving debut at the Gotland Ring in Sweden yesterday. The FCX is claimed to have a energy efficiency of around 60 percent (which is 3 times more than a gasoline car, twice as much as a hybrid - but there was no mention on how efficient was obtaining the hydrogen). Honda is developing a new fuel cell vehicle and the FCX is an intermediate step. This vehicle should be available in 2008 for Japan and the US.

Technically, the FCX concept has a so-called V Flow fuel cell platform. Whereas in previous models the hydrogen and the water formed in electricity flowed horizontally, the new platform features a vertical-flow design, which allows gravity to improve water drainage and thus efficiency. The new stack is also 20 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter, with a central tunnel layout and a power improvement of 15 kW. All this changes have allowed the FCX to be designed as a sedan. The new FCX also adds a lithium-ion battery, which helps to increase power output and global range, making it a hybrid as well. Finally, even the seat fabrics are made from Bio-Fabric, a plant-based material claimed to resist sunlight damage.

Continue reading for the full specifications according to the manufacturer.

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[Source: Honda]


Specifications

Number of passengers

4

Motor

Max. Output

95kW (129PS, 127 horsepower)

Max. Torque

256N•m (26.1kg•m, 188.8 lb-ft.)

Type

AC synchronous motor (Honda mfg.)

Fuel Cell Stack

Type

PEFC(proton exchange membrane fuel cell,

Honda Mfg.)

Output

100kW

Fuel

Type

Compressed hydrogen

Storage

High-pressure hydrogen tank (350atm)

Tank Capacity

171 liters

Dimensions (L x W x H)

4,760 x 1,865 x 1,445mm

(187.4 x 73.4 x 56.9 inches)

Max. Speed

160km/h (100 mph)

Energy Storage

Lithium Ion Battery

Vehicle Range*

570km (354 miles)


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