The company says significant advancements in the fuel-cell stack have yielded more than 100 kW of power output. The power density is now 3.1 kW/L (an increase of 60%), with the stack size reduced 33% compared to the Honda FCX Clarity. The next-generation Honda FCV is targeted to deliver a driving range of more than 300 miles with a quick refueling time of about three to five minutes at a pressure of 70 MPa.
Honda's first-generation fuel-cell vehicle, the FCX, was launched in 2002. The FCX Clarity followed in July 2008. Honda also joined the public-private H2USA partnership last May, which brings together automakers, government agencies, hydrogen suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel-cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy hydrogen refueling infrastructure in the U.S. The company also entered into a long-term agreement with General Motors in June 2013 to co-develop the next-generation of fuel-cell systems and hydrogen storage technologies.