Ahead of the scheduled debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda has released a sketch of the FCEV concept. This is the first hint Honda has given as to the styling language of its forthcoming fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which is planned for a 2015 launch in the U.S. and Japan, and later in Europe.
The sketch shows the Honda FCEV’s swooping roofline, pronounced door scoop, and crescent shaped windows, as well as a low and widely-tracked stance atop huge wheels. Honda appears to have built the FCEV with aerodynamics as a major priority, while taking styling cues from contemporary sports cars like the Audi R8. Additionally, it looks like the vehicle could perhaps feature a covered rear-wheel that would hearken back to the original Honda Insight hybrid.
Honda has been working hard at advancing hydrogen fuel-cell technology, and the debut of the FCEV concept will be the biggest step forward since the Honda FCX Clarity (pictured below). Honda has also recently partnered with GM, together hoping to create a mass-market FCV by 2020.
"The Honda FCEV Concept demonstrates the company's vision for the future of personal mobility and our commitment to developing advanced alternative fuel vehicles," senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Mike Accavitti said in a statement. "As we work toward the introduction of our next-generation fuel-cell vehicle in 2015, our long-term experience with fuel-cell technologies will help us pave a way towards a zero-emissions future."
The Honda FCEV concept will compete with a fuel-cell vehicle from Toyota, which is also set to launch sometime in 2015. Toyota’s FCV (fuel-cell vehicle) concept will be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, concurrent with the L.A. show.
Honda will also display an upgraded 2014 Honda Civic at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, although at present there are no details about what changes will be made. We did, however, see an updated 2014 Honda Civic Si coupe last week at the 2013 SEMA show.