Honda Unveils FCEV Concept at LA Auto Show - Announces U.S. and Japan Launch in 2015
On November 20, Honda unveiled its Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) concept car at the Los Angeles International Auto Show (LAIAS). The FCEV concept features sweeping lines and an ultra-aerodynamic body. Honda also announced that its next generation of FCEVs are expected to be launched in the United States and Japan in 2015, followed by Europe.
For its next generation FCEVs, Honda has developed a new fuel cell stack, which is 33 percent smaller and tours increased power output from 100 kilowatts (KW) to 106 KW. This new size stack allows Honda to move the stack under to the engine compartment, expanding the seating to five passengers.
More information on Honda's FCEV concept is available here.
Toyota Unveils FCEV Concept at Tokyo Auto Show - Launch Planned Around 2015
On November 20, Toyota also unveiled its FCV Concept vehicle at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013. Along with the unveiling, Toyota also announced that its next generation fuel cell vehicle will be launched around 2015.
The Toyota FCV Concept exterior design evokes two main characteristics: the transformation of air into water as the system produces electricity, and the powerful acceleration enabled by the electric drive motor.
More information on Toyota's FCV Concept is available here.
Hyundai Unveils Next-Generation FCEV at LA Auto Show - To Begin Selling to Retail Customers in Spring 2014
On November 20, Hyundai also unveiled its next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, and announced plans to begin selling the vehicle in the U.S. market beginning in Spring 2014. The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell will be available for a 36-month lease for $499 per month with $2,999 down, including unlimited hydrogen refueling and valet maintenance.
The Tucson Fuel Cell begins mass production for the U.S. market in February 2014 at the Ulsan, South Korea assembly plant.
More information on Hyundai's Tucson Fuel Cell is available here.