The Honda CR-V, a hydrogen-electric car, will be the first hydrogen-powered vehicle made in the U.S. in 2024. Despite being the smallest molecule in the universe, hydrogen has the potential to serve as a clean fuel for global energy transitions.
In this situation, hydrogen gas can be used to power vehicles, make electricity, or supply heat by burning it in an engine or by putting it in a fuel cell. It can be kept in salt caverns and tanks indefinitely, which may be the key to long-term energy storage.
Even though some would believe that using hydrogen in vehicle production is not a progressive idea, automakers are still pursuing the technology. Hyundai continues to market the Nexo, Toyota continues to market the two Mirai generations, and now Honda is doing the same.
The new fuel-cell EV-powered CR-V will be based on the all-new sixth-generation CR-V. According to Honda, it will be the first crossover combined with plug-in EV capabilities in the industry. This hydrogen fuel cell technology will help the company achieve the goal of 100% of sales being battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2040.
According to Honda, “this will allow the driver to charge the onboard battery to deliver EV town driving with the flexibility of fast hydrogen refueling for extended travels.” On the other hand, Honda intends the hydrogen CR-V production will be in the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center.
“As we can really capitalize on the knowledge and experience of our team to create high-quality zero-emission vehicles here in North America, our small-volume capabilities make this facility ideal for the production of a new Honda fuel cell electric vehicle”, according to PMC plant head Gail May.
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