Honda and General Motors are betting big on hydrogen fuel cell systems and are showing no signs of slowing down. Honda recently announced the launch of a new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) model featuring a next-gen fuel cell system in 2024, developed in collaboration with GM.
Although Honda is positive about the technology, their expectations are modest, with a target of selling 2,000 units equipped with the new hydrogen fuel cell system by 2025, and boosting that number to 60,000 by 2030.
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Honda plans to not only sell this technology for consumer vehicles but also commercial vehicles such as heavy-duty trucks, as well as stationary power stations and construction machinery. This, according to Honda, would enable their new hydrogen fuel cell technology to complement battery-powered solutions.
The new FCEV vehicle, based on the popular CR-V crossover SUV, will have a long range and plug-in capabilities. The automaker intends to begin sales of this model in North America and Japan in 2024.
Honda and General Motors remain optimistic about the future of hydrogen fuel cell systems and believe it will play a significant role in the automotive industry alongside battery-powered solutions.
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“Honda is planning to begin sales of the all-new FCEV model in 2024 in North America and Japan. This model will be based on the CR-V introduced last year in North America and equipped with the next-generation fuel cell system. In addition to the advantages of FCEVs, which enables long-distance driving with short refueling time, this all-new FCEV model will feature a plug-in function that offers the convenience of EVs which can be recharged at home,” Honda noted in its press release.