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Honda Debuts The Hydrogen-Powered FC Sport

by , 11/25/08

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It is not everyday that a well-known car manufacturer releases a concept vehicle that makes everyone’s head turn, but that’s exactly what Honda did last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The FC Sport is a hydrogen fuel cell three seater based on the same technology deployed in the FCX Clarity. Hardly your run-of-the mill hydrogen-powered vehicle, the FC Sport is a high-powered sports car designed to show that new greener technologies can compete against any fossil-fuel powered engine.

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The FC Sport makes significant improvements over the FCX Clarity’s weight and performance. To make these advances, Honda drew upon their expertise in developing sports racing cars. The ultimate goal was to develop a lightweight vehicle with a low center of gravity and a high performance electric powertrain. The key to this design concept was the modular distribution of the stack of fuel cells. This allowed them to properly balance the weight of the vehicle while creating a larger cabin space.

The FC Sport’s unique profile has also been finely tuned to increase its efficiency. The vehicle rides quite low to the ground, and the slim shape of its body improves its aerodynamic profile. The design team from the Advanced Design Studio of Honda America also visualized a variety of green construction techniques that would be incorporated into the vehicle’s design.

Although we may never see the FC Sport outside of motor shows, it clearly shows that car manufacturers are pushing forward in their quest to create innovative, greener vehicles.

+ Honda FC

+ Los Angeles Auto Show

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3 Comments

  1. jos_smos November 26, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Why diesel/petrol hybrids? It’s going to run out anyway… You know, crude oil is not an infinite source of energy, in contradiction to what some corporates may have told you… And its going to run out fast, very fast.

    If it comes to sustainability, fossil fuel/electric hybrids are only just a way to create a bridge between classic cars and all-electric/fuel cell cars. Yes, it means a huge change in the way we transport ourselves, in our habits of transportation. Hybrids are in fact only just a marketing strategy to make it easier for consumers and businesses to adapt their living to a future more sustainable way of transportation and the thereby belonging infrastructures.

    So, hybrids are not sustainable at all, but they do fill a great gap. Their role in this big change towards the future is undoubtedly necessary to get to the goal of all-electric or fuell cell cars.

    And if it comes to green technologies, fuel cell wins over all-electric. Yes, hydrogen needs to be produced with electricity, but it is the same energy as that goes in your car when you’re driving an all-electric. There are also much less hazardous materials needed to create a fuel cell, compared to the classic batteries, which require lithium, mercury,…

  2. Jayoutside November 25, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    not a fan of hydrogen fuel cell. While all forms of transportation, aside from human powered, tax our resources, fuel cells tax us because they require energy to PRODUCE the fuel cell, and then production and distribution of facilities to allow folks to fill up – how much energy will be wasted just building these stations? Straight electric allows the power to go to work immedicately. Is it perfect? no – but it allows a simpler path from production to use. Then they can make it lok cool just like this honda if they want, but what I think is car that makes sense is a diesel/electric hybrid that get all wheel drive. wow – that would be practical and make sense for the majority of the US. Come on Subaru!!!!!!!!

  3. fritter November 25, 2008 at 11:15 am

    “The FC Sport’s unique profile has also been finely tuned to increase its efficiency.”

    Funny, that’s what GM said about the Volt after they turned it BUFUGLY. Too bad they didn’t consult with Honda.

    This car is beautiful.

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