Honda will launch a model of its well-liked CR-V compact crossover powered by a hydrogen gasoline cell, the automaker introduced on Wednesday.
The hydrogen-sipping CR-V will arrive in 2024 and be constructed on the former plant of the Acura NSX supercar, situated in Marysville, Ohio. NSX manufacturing got here to an finish on the specialist plant earlier in November.
In fuel-cell autos, hydrogen is mixed with oxygen inside a fuel-cell stack in a course of referred to as electrolysis. The one byproducts are electrical energy, which is used to energy an electrical drive system, and water, which is launched to the environment.
2024 Honda CR-V fuel-cell car, underhood
Within the fuel-cell CR-V, Honda can even set up a battery that the gasoline cell can prime up. There can even be a plug so homeowners can cost the battery at house, which is able to assist alleviate the problem of the dearth of hydrogen filling stations.
On this sense, the car is sort of a typical plug-in hybrid, however with a gasoline cell as a substitute of a gasoline engine. Mercedes-Benz had an analogous design for its fuel-cell GLC-Class in-built restricted numbers a couple of years in the past.
Honda has had a handful of fuel-cell autos on sale previously, the newest being the Readability Gasoline Cell that arrived for 2017 and bowed out final 12 months. Honda can be a member of the Hydrogen Council, an initiative representing automakers and power corporations, and which goals to advertise hydrogen. It is all a part of Honda’s plan to completely promote zero-emission autos by 2040.