This week Honda introduced the FCV Concept to America.  More about that later in the article, because what really interested us was not the latest and greatest in fuel cell technology, but what Honda slipped into the announcement.

Honda FCV Concept

Honda FCV Concept

Not only will Honda be introducing a new plug-in hybrid offering, but also a new all-electric model - both by 2018!

Here is Honda's statement:

"In an effort to ensure Honda's environmental vehicles remain strong competitors and provide a new sales-volume pillar, the company will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including a new battery-electric model and plug-in hybrid model by 2018."

Honda also stressed that both of these vehicles will be "all-new" models to their lineup, leveraging the company's "new Honda Earth Dreams™ Technology powertrains".

It would seem that like their counterpart in South Korea - Hyundai/Kia, who also recently announced an all-electric and Sonata/Optima plug-in hybrid offering (which made its US debut in Detroit today), Honda has decided that fuel cell technology is not going to sell in the types of volumes to be emission compliant in California, Europe and other regions of the world.

Enter the plug-ins!

Honda FCV Concept

Honda FCV Concept

About that FCV Concept?  Here is Honda's press release on that.

Honda FCV Concept

The Honda FCV Concept showcases the styling evolution of Honda's next fuel-cell vehicle, anticipated to launch in the U.S. following its March 2016 introduction in Japan. The new Honda fuel-cell car will feature a spacious cabin with seating for five-passengers, a driving range estimated to be in excess of 300 miles, and an anticipated refueling time of approximately 3 minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa. Its fuel cell stack, which fits entirely within under the hood, is 33 percent smaller with a 60 percent increase in power density compared to the outgoing Honda FCX Clarity.

Honda FCV Concept - Rear

Honda FCV Concept - Rear

As the next progression in Honda's dynamic FCV styling, the Honda FCV Concept features a low, wide aerodynamic body with clean character lines. The interior strives to achieve harmony between man and machine by taking advantage of new powertrain packaging efficiencies delivering even greater passenger space than its predecessor, the 4-passenger Honda FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle. The Honda FCV Concept made its world debut in Japan on Nov. 17, 2014, followed by an announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show that Honda will provide FirstElement Fuel with $13.8 million in financial assistance to build additional hydrogen refueling stations throughout the state of California in an effort to support the wider introduction of fuel-cell vehicles.

Honda FCV Interior

Honda FCV Interior

Honda FCV Concept Interior

Honda FCV Concept Interior

 Hat tip to Michael Colvin!!!