Much like Toyota and BMW, Honda is adamant that hydrogen has a place in the automotive industry. It's working with General Motors on a next-generation fuel-cell system that will go into an upcoming FCEV based on the CR-V. Teased in a new video, the crossover is coming out this year as an indirect replacement for the Clarity sedan, which was retired in 2021.
Honda is doing things differently this time around since the new model will combine a fuel cell with a battery pack. The promo shows the benefits of bidirectional charging as the owner powers his coffee maker at a remote location by using the battery's juice. Later in the video, we can see him going to a hydrogen fueling station to fill the pair of rear-mounted H2 tanks.
The prototype featured in this video wearing a blue wrap appears to be the US version judging by the mandatory orange side markers. Compared to a regular CR-V, this one has clear taillights and a charging port on the driver's side front fender to recharge the battery or power home appliances or other devices. It's unclear whether Honda is keeping the CR-V name or it intends to use something else.
Honda has said the fuel cell system will be two-thirds less costly to build and twice as durable. When it arrives later this year, the CR-V FCEV is set to become the only fuel-cell electric passenger vehicle made in America.
It'll compete in a rarified segment since hydrogen cars are few and far between in 2024. Toyota has the Japan-made Mirai – which it admits has not been successful – and Hyundai has promised that a next generation of its Korean-built Nexo will be launched in 2025.
Source: Honda2024-02-12T11:21:59Z dg43tfdfdgfd