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Honda joins US$52m pan-European hydrogen car project

Honda and other leading motor manufacturers, hydrogen fuel suppliers and energy consultancies from around the globe have signed a US$52m agreement to develop and demonstrate technology and infrastructure.
The deal, known as the HyFIVE project (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles), is the largest of its kind in Europe. Honda is one of five manufacturers who have agreed to deploy a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at several European locations and develop new clusters of hydrogen refuelling stations.
The motor manufacturers who are part of this project are working on developing and demonstrating hydrogen powered fuel cell cars. The technology uses hydrogen gas combined with oxygen to generate electric power with no tailpipe emissions – only water vapour. They reportedly have the potential to be more than twice as fuel-efficient as conventionally powered vehicles and operate quietly. The technology is said to allow for rapid re-fuelling times and the potential to cover over 640km before needing to be re-fuelled.
Honda's next generation FCEV will be launched in Europe in early 2016. It follows the FCX Clarity, which was launched in 2008, and is currently running in the German Demonstration Project: Clean Energy Partnership.

Bert De Colvenaer, executive director of the FCH JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), said: "With a total of 110 FCEVs and six new refuelling stations, HyFIVE will represent the largest single project of its kind financed by the FCH JU. The project will contribute to the build-up of the first networks at local levels necessary to support the market introduction of the vehicles in the coming years. With the participation of leading automakers and infrastructure providers, HyFIVE illustrates the commitment from leading industrial players in the EU and the spirit of cooperation that I am convinced will enable the success of these technologies."

17 April 2014


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