Honda is not content to let Toyota dominate the current fuel-cell vehicle scene with the Mirai, and will show a new hydrogen-powered sedan at the 2015 Tokyo auto show called the Honda FCV. This new concept model looks futuristic yet production-ready, and packages a fuel cell along with electric motors in a five-seat body.
Honda says that the FCV provides a driving range of 435 miles on a tank of hydrogen, which is significantly higher than the 2016 Toyota Mirai’s 312-mile driving range. We don’t have many more details about the new FCV’s powertrain, but Honda does say that the car can act as a generator in an emergency by using a power inverter to generate electricity.
Honda has a relatively long history of fuel-cell vehicles, starting with a series of experimental FCX models in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It then introduced the hydrogen-powered Honda FCX Clarity in 2008 and leased a few examples for use on public roads in the U.S. and Japan. More recently, Honda showed a fuel-cell concept (pictured below) at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show that previewed the company’s plans for a lineup of alternative fuel vehicles.
It’s unclear at this point when the Honda FCV will reach production, but Honda has announced plans to launch new alternative fuel vehicles by 2018. The company has also invested $14 million to expand hydrogen refueling stations in California.