Although Honda originally announced it would release its next generation fuel-cell vehicle next year, it’s not due to arrive in 2016, but it will definitely be worth the wait. The automaker unveiled new specifications of the styling FCV concept that debuted last year, including a promising driving range and lightning fast refuel time.
Honda’s next-generation fuel cell vehicle is powered by a fuel-cell powertrain that fits completely within the front engine compartment of the vehicle, which gives its interior more room than its predecessor, the FCX Clarity. Honda also says that since the new fuel-cell powertrain is smaller, there is the potential to use it in multiple vehicles in the future. The automaker hasn’t released all the specs, but did state that it will a have more than 100kW of power output, a driving range of more than 300 miles with a quick refueling time of about three to five minutes.
The next-generation Honda fuel-cell vehicle will go on sale in Japan in March 2016, which will then be followed by releases in Europe and the U.S. To help support the needed hydrogen infrastructure, Honda plans to make an official announcement this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show about how it plans to help expand and accelerate California’s public hydrogen refueling station network.