Honda Confirms 2015 Fuel Cell Vehicle Launch; Reveals Residential Fuel Cell Plans
21 Sep 2012
Honda’s President and CEO, Takanobu Ito, today held a press conference where he reiterated the company’s plans to release next-generation fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) from 2015 and also discussed the company’s development of a residential solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cogeneration unit.
Honda considers FCEV to be “the ultimate environmentally-responsible vehicle” and for many years has been at the forefront of developing automotive fuel cell technology. Honda plans to launch its all-new FCEV “sequentially in Japan, the U.S. and Europe starting in 2015.” Its new FCEV will showcase technological developments alongside significant cost reduction.
In addition Ito discussed Honda’s development of a SOFC residential cogeneration unit, in collaboration with NGK spark plug co ltd. The pair is striving to achieve the highest power generation efficiency for this type of system. Honda plans to begin verification of its system using a demonstration house featuring the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS).
As a part of its effort to further reduce CO2 emissions in people’s everyday lives including mobility, Honda has been participating in the E-KIZUNA Project run by the city of Saitama. Honda is currently conducting demonstration testing of HSHS using two HSHS-equipped houses. The construction of a third HSHS-equipped house is scheduled to be completed before the end of FY 2014 (fiscal year ending March 31, 2014). When the third house becomes operational, Honda will work together with Toshiba Corporation to link all three houses and conduct demonstration testing of energy management within the community, contributing also to the city of Saitama’s plans to become an environmentally-responsible futuristic city. Honda will continue making progress toward the market introduction in 2015 of the Honda Smart Home System, which proposes the optimal energy management for individual households.
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