Honda presents the new generation of hydrogen fuel cells

On the occasion of the European Hydrogen Week 2023, the Japanese multinational will present the new fuel cell system, developed together with GM, in Brussels

Start the European Hydrogen Week 2023, the largest annual event dedicated to the sector in Europe. The event will be the scene of the launch of Honda’s new generation of hydrogen fuel cells.

The Japanese multinational has announced that it will present at the Brussels Expo the new fuel cell system developed jointly with General Motors. A compact but powerful system, designed to offer “exceptional durability” and wide versatility. In addition, it will cross the classic borders of electric mobility.

After more than 30 years at the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell development, we believe that demand for this technology will soon reach the critical mass necessary for full commercial implementation. The features of our next-generation fuel cell system are ideally suited to meet the pressing needs of various industries seeking a rapid transition to zero-emission energy sources. It is a highly versatile unit due to its compact size, powerful performance, exceptional durability and ability to deliver fast boot times, even in low temperature environments.

Ingo Nyhues, Deputy General Manager of Business Planning and Development for Europe at Honda Motor Europe.

The first field of application will obviously be electric vehicles. In 2024, in North America and Japan, Honda will present a new hydrogen car based on the CR-V launched last year, but equipped with the latest generation system. At the same time, the development of fuel cell solutions for heavy commercial vehicle applications will continue. Together with Isuzu Motors, the company has already planned some demonstration tests on public roads of a new truck model that will go on the market in 2027.

Honda will also propose the application of its fuel cell systems in the power generation sector. The first step? The installation on the corporate campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in California of a stationary fuel cell power plant with a capacity of about 500 kW, which reuses the systems previously installed in the Honda Clarity Fuel Cells. With an eye also on space. The company signed a research and development contract with JAXA, the Japanese space agency, for the study and prototyping of a system that combines water electrolysis and fuel cells, in order to supply electricity to the space modules. lunar habitation and exploration vehicles.


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