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Honda unveils the 2025 CR-V e:FCEV, America’s first plug-in hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Honda has announced the launch of the 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV, marking America’s first production plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). This compact CUV, designed to be enjoyable to drive, offers a 270-mile EPA driving range rating and features a new U.S.-manufactured fuel cell system. It also provides plug-in charging capability for up to 29 miles of electric vehicle (EV) driving in urban areas, with the added benefit of quick hydrogen refueling for longer distances.

Mamadou Diallo, a senior vice president at American Honda Motor Co., emphasized the significance of Honda’s fuel cell technology in achieving the company’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Honda aims for 100% zero-emission automobile sales by 2040, with the CR-V e:FCEV being a part of this strategy. The vehicle will be available for leasing in California later this year.

The CR-V e:FCEV includes standard features such as HondaLink, offering information on hydrogen stations and charging, and the Honda Power Supply Connector, which can provide up to 1,500 watts of power for various applications.

Honda’s journey with hydrogen fuel cell vehicles began with the Honda FCX in December 2002, which was the first zero-emission FCEV to receive certification for everyday use. The new CR-V e:FCEV is manufactured at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, making it the only fuel cell electric passenger vehicle produced in America.

The vehicle introduces the second-generation Honda Fuel Cell Module, developed in collaboration with General Motors, offering enhanced durability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. This collaboration has led to a two-thirds cost reduction in the fuel cell system compared to Honda’s previous generation.

The CR-V e:FCEV features a distinctive design, a spacious and comfortable interior, and comes equipped with modern technology and safety features. Its performance is characterized by a front-mounted single motor, providing quick acceleration and efficiency, and it has been engineered for a sporty driving experience comparable to other CR-V models.

In line with Honda’s “Triple Action to Zero” approach towards achieving zero environmental impact by 2050, the company is also expanding its hydrogen business. This includes the use of its new fuel cell system in various applications such as commercial vehicles, stationary power stations, and construction machinery, as well as exploring the potential of hydrogen technologies in outer space.

Watch our first look at Honda’s fuel cell facility

Written by EV Pulse Staff

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