Honda Clarity Fuel Cell (2)

Σχεδόν ένα μήνα μετά την παρουσίαση του υδρογονοκίνητου, Clarity Fuel Cell, η Honda πραγματοποίησε το επίσημο ντεμπούτο του μοντέλου στην έκθεση του Τόκιο και παράλληλα, έδωσε στη δημοσιότητα τα τεχνικά του χαρακτηριστικά.

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell (11)

Το υδρογονοκίνητο sedan, έχει μήκος 4.895 χιλιοστά, πλάτος 1.875 και ύψος 1.475 χιλιοστά και μπορεί να φιλοξενήσει έως και 5 άτομα χάρη στην δουλειά που έχει γίνει από τους μηχανικούς της Honda στην μείωση των διαστάσεων του powertrain. Ζγίζει 1.890 κιλά και οι κυψέλες υδρογόνου, έχουν κατά 33% μικρότερο μέγεθος σε σύγκριση με αυτές του FCX Clarity ενώ η πυκνότητα ισχύος έχει αυξηθεί κατά 60%, φτάνοντας πλέον  τα 3.1 kW/L. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι η ιπποδύναμη του Clarity Fuel Cell είναι 177 άλογα. Επίσης, χάρη στην δεξαμενή υδρογόνου υψηλής πίεσης 141 λίτρων, το μοντέλο έχει αυτονομία 750 χιλιομέτρων στον αυστηρό JC08 κύκλο δοκιμών. Όταν εξαντληθεί το υδρογόνο στη δεξαμενή, ο ανεφοδιασμός διαρκεί περίπου 3 με 5 λεπτά…

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell (19)

Όσο για τον σχεδιασμό, την παράσταση κλέβει η εντυπωσιακή μάσκα με τα LED φωτιστικά σώματα και τα LED φώτα ημέρας, το ιδιαίτερο πίσω μέρος και η μαύρη οροφή. Το εσωτερικό από την άλλη, φαίνεται πως κινείται σε premium επίπεδα με το “πλευστό” σύστημα ψυχαγωγίας και ενημέρωσης και τα αναβαθμισμένα υλικά. Οι πωλήσεις του Honda Clarity Fuel Cell θα ξεκινήσουν αργότερα μέσα στο 2015 στην Ιαπωνία και εντός του 2016 σε επιλεγμένες Ευρωπαϊκές αγορές, όπως και στις Η.Π.Α. Στην Ιαπωνία ξεκινά από τα 7,66 εκατ. γιεν (€57.550).

honda odyssey hybrid

Στην ίδια έκθεση η Honda παρουσίασε το Odyssey Hybrid. Σε αυτό τοποθετεί το ανανεωμένο Sport Hybrid i-MMD powertrain που προσφέρει “εξαιρετικές περιβαλλοντικές επιδόσεις και ισχυρή επιτάχυνση.” Για πρώτη φορά, η Honda τοποθετεί το σύστημα IPU (Intelligent Power Unit) της μπαταρίας και το Power Control Unit κάτω από τα μπροστά καθίσματα, με το υβριδικό Odyssey να καταναλώνει 50% λιγότερο καύσιμο.

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Honda Exhibits World Premiere of CLARITY FUEL CELL, Planned Production Model of its All-new Fuel Cell Vehicle, at 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015

— Lease sales in Japan will begin in March 2016 —

TOKYO, Japan, October 28, 2015 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the world premiere of the planned production model of its all-new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), CLARITY FUEL CELL, at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. This model will be on display at the Honda booth during the Tokyo Motor Show. (Press days: October 28-29, 2015 / Public days: October 30 – November 8, 2015)

The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL fuses the ease of use of a gasoline-powered vehicle and values that are unique to a FCV at a high level. This fusion gives this sedan-type FCV high value and potential to set a benchmark for FCVs now and in the future.

Employing original Honda technologies, the fuel cell stack for this model was downsized by 33% compared to the previous version of the fuel cell stack and yet output of more than 100kW and output density of 3.1kW/L*1 – approximately a 60% improvement – were achieved. The fuel cell powertrain was made as compact as a V6 engine*2, and thus it was made possible to consolidate it under the hood of a sedan-type vehicle for the first time in the world*3. This powertrain layout enabled a full cabin package that seats five adults comfortably .

Combined with improved efficiency of the powertrain and a reduced energy requirement for driving, a 70MPa high-pressure hydrogen storage tank installed to this vehicle provides a cruising range of more than 700 km*4(Honda internal measurement – for reference), the top- class cruising range among all FCVs. The tank can be refilled in approximately three minutes*5, realizing ease of use equivalent to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle. Furthermore, the high-output motor with maximum output of 130kW*1 realizes both direct, highly- responsive and exhilarating driving experience and excellent quietness at the same time. In addition, when combined with an external power feeding device, the Power Exporter 9000, the all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL can function as a “power plant on wheels” that generates and provides electricity to the community in times of a disaster or other events.

Honda will begin lease sales in Japan of this all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL in March 2016. For the first year after the start of sales in Japan, Honda will focus on sales mainly to local government bodies or business customers which Honda has already been working together for the popularization of FCVs. During this period, Honda will collect information about the in- market use situation, including the external power feeding device, and gather diverse opinions from customers and other relevant organizations, then later begin sales to individual customers.

Honda will begin with small-volume production at the Production Supervisory Unit and Powertrain Production Supervisory Unit (located in Takanezawa-machi, Shioya-gun, Tochigi, Japan.), then eventually expand production volume and begin regular sales along with lease sales. The sales price*6 of CLARITY FUEL CELL in Japan will be 7.66 million yen (including consumption tax). The Power Exporter 9000, which has the capacity to feed approximately seven-days’ worth*7 of electricity for an average household, is scheduled to go on sale at the same time as the CLARITY FUEL CELL. CLARITY FUEL CELL will be sequentially evolved into the U.S. and Europe.

Honda was one of the first automakers to begin focusing attention to hydrogen as a possible solution for issues such as global warming and depletion of fossil fuels. Honda has been positioning the FCV, which emits only water, as the ultimate environmentally-responsible vehicle and has taken a proactive approach to the research and development of FCVs since the late 1980s.

In 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle in the world to be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). With these certifications, Honda began lease sales of the Honda FCX in Japan and the U.S. In 2008, Honda became the first automaker to begin lease sales of the FCX Clarity, which featured an innovative sedan-type package and unprecedented driving experience. The all-new CLARITY FUEL CELL was developed based on various data related to the ease of use and driving performance of these previous Honda FCVs.

With the goal to make a contribution to the forthcoming hydrogen energy society and to realize the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life, Honda will continue taking on new challenges in the area of hydrogen technologies including the Smart Hydrogen Station, FCVs and external power feeding devices under the concept of “generate, use and get connected.”

Key specifications

Number of occupants

5

Cruising range (reference)

More than 700km*4 (Honda internal measurement while being driven in JC 08 Mode

Refueling time

Approximately 3 minutes*5

FC maximum output

More than 100kW

FC stack output density

3.1kW/L*1

Motor maximum output

130kW

Hydrogen maximum filling pressure

70MPa

Energy storage

Lithium-ion battery

Vehicle size (length X width X height)

4,895mmx1,875mmx1,475mm

Price*6 (reference)

7.66 million yen (including consumption tax)

Body color (total 3 colors)

‐Premium Brilliant Garnet Metallic (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray) ‐While Orchid Pearl (Roof color: Black / Interior color: Platinum Gray) ‐Crystal Black Pearl (Interior color: Platinum Gray)

*1 Honda internal measurement *2 Honda 3.5L V6 engine *3 Among planned production models of sedan-type vehicle, Honda internal research as of October 2015 *4 Honda internal measurement in JC08 mode and after refueling the vehicle at a hydrogen station with charging pressure of 70 MPa which comply with SAE standards (J2601). The cruising range may vary when the vehicle is refueled at hydrogen station with different specifications, as amount of hydrogen put in the tank will vary depending on the specifications of hydrogen station. The cruising range may also vary significantly depending on conditions of usage (ambient temperature, traffic congestion, etc.) and how the vehicle is driven (sudden starts, use of air-conditioning unit, etc.) *5 Honda internal measures using 70MPa station in the exterior temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Time required for refueling may vary depending on conditions. *6 This model is currently available exclusively for lease sales. The lease price varies depending on lease terms and plans etc. *7 Calculated based on the average daily electricity consumption by an average household (Researched by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan)

HONDA UNVEILS CLARITY FUEL CELL AT THE 2015 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

  • Next generation Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle unveiled at 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
  • Best-in-class range comparable to fossil fuel-powered vehicles
  • Clarity Fuel Cell set for 2016 introduction in selected European markets

Honda, the pioneer of hydrogen fuel cell technology has unveiled its next generation Clarity Fuel Cell today at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show.

Incorporating Honda’s most advanced technologies, the Clarity Fuel Cell is the world’s first production model of a fuel cell powered sedan to house the entire fuel cell stack and drivetrain system in the space normally occupied by the engine and transmission. The Clarity Fuel Cell will be commercially available in Japan from early 2016. Further information on the European launch of the vehicle will follow in 2016.

World-first packaging solution

The packaging of the Clarity Fuel Cell has been inspired by Honda’s principle of man maximum, machine minimum. Through minimising the space utilised by the powertrain, Honda has been able to achieve a level of interior space that allows five adults to be comfortably accommodated as would be expected in a conventionally powered sedan. The size of the fuel cell stack and the power generation unit have been reduced through Honda’s advanced technologies to a size comparable to a V6 engine.

Despite the compact nature of the fuel cell powertrain, Honda’s advanced technologies have ensured world-leading fuel cell stack performance. Honda’s original wave flow channel separators are more advanced than ever, while the cells now feature a higher output and a more slender shape thanks to a 1 mm (20%) reduction in the thickness of each cell. These advances combine to make the fuel cell stack 33% more compact than the stack used in the original FCX Clarity. This improvement is highly impressive as it has been achieved in parallel with an increase in maximum motor output to 130 kW (177ps) and a power density increased by 60% to 3.1 kW/L.

Class-leading convenience

The Clarity Fuel Cell is equipped with a high-pressure tank capable of storing hydrogen gas at 70 MPa, increasing the mass of hydrogen that can be stored and extending the range of the vehicle. Coupled with the efficient powertrain and reduced vehicle energy consumption, the Clarity Fuel Cell achieves a best-in-class fuel cell vehicle range per full tank of over 700 km1 (435miles).

In addition, the high-pressure tank can be quickly refilled, the process taking approximately three minutes at 70 MPa and 20oC. These and other benefits give the Clarity Fuel Cell a day-to-day convenience customers are used to with their traditional petrol or diesel powered vehicles.

An exhilarating driving experience

Engineered to use the high output of Honda’s fuel cell stack and the power assist of the lithium-ion battery pack, a high-output motor provides power to the driven wheels together with instant and powerful acceleration. Due to the continuously increasing torque provided by the high-output 130 kW (177 PS) motor with no need for gears, the Clarity Fuel Cell achieves perfectly smooth acceleration anywhere from zero to maximum speed.

The direct response, exhilarating drive and quiet cabin together form an appealing combination. Clarity Fuel Cell offers the driver two driving modes: the ‘Normal’ mode provides a balance between fuel economy and driving performance, while ‘Sport’ prioritises a more responsive acceleration feeling.

Outstanding design

The exterior of Clarity Fuel Cell has been designed to give an imposing presence on the road while maintaining a strong aerodynamic profile. . Full-LED headlights with a sharp, slender profile and 18-inch aluminium wheels with an aerodynamic and stylish design complete the look.

The interior of Clarity Fuel Cell combines an advanced yet refined atmosphere designed to provide the driver with a relaxing and comfortable driving environment. The advanced driver interface uses Honda’s design principles of instant recognition and intuitive control. Simple and outstandingly spacious, the interior features premium, comforting materials that make driving an experience to anticipate and enjoy.

Honda Clarity in Europe and participation in HyFIVE project

Honda is scheduled to launch the Clarity Fuel Cell in a limited number of European markets in 2016. Honda is one of five automotive companies that make up the HyFIVE consortium, and will supply vehicles that will be part of a 110 strong European fleet to highlight and promote the development, use and viability of this new technology.

In UK, Honda has worked with suppliers to encourage the local production and consumption of energy by establishing a solar-powered hydrogen refuelling station in the grounds of Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon. This station is open to the public (subject to registration) and able to refuel any fuel cell vehicle.

Fuel cell technical specifications

Length (mm) 4,895
Width (mm) 1,875
Height (mm) 1,475
Occupants 5
Range per full tank (km) Over 7001
Refuelling time Approx. 3 minutes
Maximum fuel cell output (kW) Over 100
Fuel stack output density (kW/L) 3.1
Maximum motor output (kW) 130
Maximum hydrogen tank pressure (MPa) 70
Energy storage method Lithium-ion battery

1 Reference value as measured by Honda according to the JC08 method. The vehicle was refuelled according to the SAE standard J2601 at a 70 MPa filling station

Featuring updated SPORT HYBRID i-MMD for outstanding environmental performance and powerful acceleration

The most comfortable environment possible for transporting a large number of people. In fulfillment of this concept, the Odyssey premium minivan brings together a generously roomy cabin, distinctive styling, and an exhilarating yet steady driving experience. And now the Odyssey will also be available as a hybrid vehicle. Featur- ing a new power control unit with a compact and concentrated structure for outstanding power density, the innovative dual-motor SPORT HYBRID i-MMD hybrid system offers both outstanding environmental performance and the powerful acceleration of an electric motor. Moreover, for the first time Honda has positioned the IPU* beneath the front row seats, resulting in an extremely spacious interior. Offering a new hybrid driving experience, the Odyssey Hybrid makes minivan travel more enjoyable than ever. Honda continues to take the minivan to new places!

*Intelligent Power Unit comprising the battery and PCU (Power Control Unit)