Around the Industry: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Driving Attention at LA Auto Show
Honda and Hyundai debuted the newest evolution of hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles recently at the LA Auto Show in November 2013.
Honda introduced the FCEV featuring an “ultra-aerodynamic body” with large air intakes around the face, as well as covered wheels.
Though Honda described the look of the as a “potential styling direction,” the company is devoting most of its time to the design of the powertrain layout. The new powertrain layout will feature the world’s first fuel cell powertrain packaged entirely in the engine area. The result will be more potential cabin space as well as multiple vehicle format possibilities.
The smaller powertrain size is made possible by a fuel cell stack with a 60 percent high power density over the Honda FCX Clarity model. Honda anticipates that this next generation vehicle will offer a driving range of more than 300 miles and a refueling time of about three minutes.
Hyundai, in turn, debuted the Tucson model. With a look much more similar to current production models, this hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle will hit limited U.S. markets in Spring of this year.
The new car is based on the ix35 Fuel Cell, which launched in European markets in early 2013. The Hyundai Tucson hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicle is estimated to drive for 300 miles and will require less than 10 minutes for refueling.