- Automaker Honda will reportedly produce this FCEV at its plant in Ohio, USA
- This vehicle will be based on the popular Honda CR-V SUV
- It’s currently unclear if this vehicle will make its way to other markets
Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles may be diminishing in popularity in favour of fully-electric EVs, but Honda said it will continue to stick with the technology, at least for the next few years. The Japanese automaker has revealed that it will launch a hydrogen fuel cell EV or FCEV by 2024, using the popular Honda CR-V SUV as a design reference.
The manufacturer will reportedly produce this FCEV at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, USA. As Motor1 points out, this unit has also seen the production of Honda Performance Development race cars as well as a few Acura cars since opening its doors in 2016.
Unfortunately, the company did not reveal additional information about this FCEV, though we should learn more as we head into 2023. Speaking to Motor1, Gary Robinson, the VP of Automobile Product Planning at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (AHM) said that the automaker is also pushing ahead with its proposal to produce batteries locally in the USA.
“We also will begin low volume production of fuel cell electric vehicles there to further explore their great potential as part of a sustainable transportation future,” the executive went on to say. Overall, the company wants to have 100% of its auto sales coming from FCEVs and battery electric vehicles or BEVs by 2040. It’s worth pointing out that fellow Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota, is also invested in hydrogen fuel cell cars.
There’s no production timeline for this unnamed 2024 Honda FCEV. But we’re hoping for early renders and leaks to give us a good idea about its design well in advance of its release. We also don’t know if this FCEV will ever make its way to India, though it makes sense considering the fact that Honda’s automobile lineup in the country needs a desperate revamp.