According to Honda, the CR-V-based FCEV will come as the first North American production vehicle to combine a plug-in feature with FCEV technology in one model, which it says will enable EV driving around town with the flexibility of fast hydrogen refuelling for longer trips.
In 2021, the company announced it would stop production of its Clarity Fuel Cell and Clarity Plugin Hybrid models, however, confirmed to H2 View that FCEVs will play a key role in its zero emissions strategy.
Commenting on the CR-V-based FCEV, Gary Robinson, Vice-President of Auto Planning & Strtagey for American Honda Motor Co., said, “Honda established our goal to realise carbon neutrality by 2050 and the complete electrification of our vehicle line-up by 2040 is critical to achieving it.
“As we accelerate our plan to produce Honda battery EVs in the US, 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.”
Honda’s PMC focuses on the production of small volume performance vehicles. Since opening in 2016, the Ohio site has been responsible for the production of the Acura NSX supercar, multiple Acura PMC Edition vehicles, and more. Gail May, Plant leader at Honda PMC believes the facility is ideally suited to the FCEV challenge.
May said, “This facility is perfect for production of a new Honda fuel cell electric vehicle, as our small-volume capability enables us to really leverage the skill and expertise of our team to produce quality zero-emission vehicles here in North America.”
Honda has said more details about the all-new FCEV version of the CR-V will be announced closer to its introduction in 2024.
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