Are hydrogen-fuelled cars the future? Honda releases new concept vehicle

Are hydrogen-fuelled cars the future? Honda releases new concept vehicle 2nd February 2015

Last week, we learned that the falling cost of a barrell of oil has meant fuel prices falling to new lows and heading towards one pound per litre, but could the current internal combustion engine soon be a thing of the past?

According to the latest announcement from Honda, this could be the case, as it recently unveiled a preview of its latest design, which will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The Honda FCV Concept is the latest advancement in technology, which has seen the arrival of electric and hybrid cars in the past few years. 

Honda's new vehicle is expected to launch firstly in Japan in March 2016, but British drivers won't have to wait too long to get their hands on one, with the Japanese company expecting the FCV to land on these shores by the end of the same year. 

Honda claims the FCV will be launched with a 300-mile driving range from a tank of hydrogen. Its front-mounted fuel stack is a third smaller than that of the outgoing FCX Clarity, but is 60 per cent more power dense

And one of the main advantages it will have over electric variants will be the time it takes to refuel. While electric cars take some hours to charge, the hydrogen tank of the FCV will be full inside just three minutes. 

The company also said that although the car has the look of a two-door coupe, when launched it will actually be a spacious five-door family vehicle. 

Ahead of the US launch of the car, Honda has also said it will be investing $14 million (£9.3 million) into the infrastructure for hydrogen stations nationwide. This is something that has recently become more of a focus in the UK as well, with Sainsbury's having launched a plan to trial these refuelling points. 

Posted by Danielle Barge