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Honda sees a future for hydrogen fuel cell technology—in the CR-V

Honda announced Wednesday that it is planning to use the latest CR-V crossover as the basis for its next hydrogen fuel cell vehicle — a vehicle that will include charging capabilities for the first time. at home.

CR-V Fuel Cell production—if Honda decides to keep the nomenclature it used for the last vehicle to use the technology, clear fuel cell—will begin in 2024 in Ohio, Honda confirmed, at the same special assembly facility that produced the Acura NSX sports car.

Fuel cell vehicles, which have a fuel cell compartment that harnesses the chemical reaction between oxygen and hydrogen, to generate electricity plus some steam and waste heat, are typically hybrid vehicles—with battery packs like a hybrid vehicle to help buffer the battery’s energy production. And so the plug-in-hybrid fuel cell combination is something that owners of fuel cell vehicles have been asking for for years and generations of vehicles.

Honda CR-V 2024 fuel cell car, high ground clearance

Honda CR-V 2024 fuel cell car, high ground clearance

Honda did not confirm the size of the battery pack, but it thinks it will remain small. It explains that in-vehicle charging “allows the driver to charge the built-in battery for the EV to drive around town with flexible quick hydrogen refueling for longer journeys.”

That claim pretty much eliminates DC fast charging, which could make the vehicle more useful for occasional trips into areas that hydrogen infrastructure doesn’t serve. But it will allow some drivers to continue using their vehicles for the time being hydrogen deficiency. Honda emphasizes that fuel cell vehicles can refuel in minutes.

Infrastructure, of course, is what was retain any growth of passenger cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells. According to the U.S. Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are currently only 54 publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations in the United States—mostly centered around the Los Angeles and San Francisco metro areas. . The development of the fuel supply network has been slow and underperformed compared to decades of scalability predictions.

Fuel cell Honda Clarity 2021

Fuel cell Honda Clarity 2021

Fuel cells are apparently ultimately designed to supply more markets, including Canada. It has made great strides in cold weather usability, as well as the longevity of the fuel cell compartment itself.

Honda is expected to sell the Clarity fuel cell in the thousands, while its predecessor, the FCX Clarity, is intended to be produced in the hundreds. At various points, it is clear that with next-generation fuel cell vehicles, the company will aim to produce tens of thousands of units.

CR-V will also be the first Honda model to use a new generation fuel cell assembly share with General Motors—and it shows that even if GM has retreat from fuel cell technology For passenger cars, Honda sees some future in it. The Japanese automaker once again emphasized with the CR-V announcement that it aims to produce battery-powered and fuel-cell models with 100% of its auto sales by 2040.

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GM Hydrotec and Renewable Innovations mobile generators – stacked version

GM, like most automakers has invested in the technology, it’s now deployed to trucks and industrial use instead. It’s planned long distance semi-finalas well as using some of the same fuel cell stacks under the hood of the upcoming CR-V to EV fast charge booster—something that can, all in all, help Honda electric car coming soon.

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