Honda this week offered just a few extra particulars about its next-generation fuel-cell module, on the 2023 European Hydrogen Week in Brussels.
Co-developed with General Motors, the brand new module was first proven on the 2023 Tokyo auto present, and it has already been confirmed to be used in North America. Honda has already confirmed a Europe-bound power storage system that mixes renewable power with hydrogen. But that is the primary time Honda has mentioned different purposes for Europe, together with passenger automobiles, industrial automobiles, development gear, and stationary energy era.
Honda next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell module – 2023 Tokyo auto present
Improvements over earlier fuel-cell programs embrace compact dimensions, in addition to fast startup occasions—even in low temperatures, Ingo Nyhues, deputy normal supervisor, Europe enterprise planning and growth, Honda Motor Europe, mentioned in an announcement.
This system will make its debut for North America in a model of the Honda CR-V—set to be Ohio-built beginning in 2024. The hydrogen CR-V follows the Clarity Fuel Cell, which was launched with the last-generation fuel-cell stack from Honda, in 2017.
2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid
The next-generation system can also be on account of be deployed in a fuel-cell semi—in a undertaking with Isuzu. The two firms plan to begin demonstration runs of a prototype fuel-cell truck on public roads by the top of March, with a manufacturing mannequin following in 2027.
Honda associate GM has additionally emphasised plans to place gasoline cells into semis, collaborating with truck producer Navistar to construct a fleet of two,000 hydrogen semis. But in contrast to Honda, GM has distanced itself from the thought of utilizing gasoline cell tech in passenger automobiles—one thing the U.S. automaker had labored on for many years.
Honda next-generation hydrogen fuel-cell module
Honda can also be concerned in a undertaking exploring the chances for hydrogen inside combustion—for bikes particularly. This merely burns hydrogen in a combustion engine as an alternative of fossil fuels, whereas gasoline cells use hydrogen to generate electrical energy that powers electrical motors.
Whether it is gasoline cells or hydrogen combustion, restricted availability of hydrogen will doubtless stay an impediment. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), there are simply 59 U.S. hydrogen stations at current—with all however a type of publicly accessible. That follows a decades-long sample of deployment lagging the trade’s guarantees. Based on trade commitments, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in 2021 projected 100 retail hydrogen stations in operation by the top of 2023.