In an attempt to make the European continent greener, Honda, along with four other car majors has signed a £31 million agreement that aims at developing and building technology and infrastructure for fuel cell electric vehicles in the whole of Europe. The meeting for the agreement was held in London and saw energy consultancies and hydrogen fuel suppliers also coming forward along with Honda and other carmakers.
The project is called HyFIVE that stands for Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles, and is the largest of its kind. All the five car manufacturers, including Honda, that have teamed-up for the project will deploy as many as 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at a number of locations in Europe and will gradually develop a large network of hydrogen refueling stations.
To brief you about how the technology works, the cars will use a system that combines hydrogen gas and oxygen from the atmosphere. Upon fusion, electric power is generated while emitting nothing but water. Other benefits of hydrogen fuel cell cars is that they operate very quietly and also are twice as efficient as any conventional gasoline/diesel car. Furthermore, the fuel cells can be refilled in a short span and offer a range of up to 400 miles.
Talking in context of Honda, it is one of the leading fuel-cell car manufacturers in the world and seeks a great opportunity for showcasing its technological advancements in the HyFIVE project. For almost two decades, Honda has been sincerely working on fuel-cell technology and have also conducted several real-world tests.
In 2008, the Japanese carmaker launched FCX Clarity and the car received the praise it deserved. Following the success of the previous attempt, Honda plans to launch the next generation FCEV (another hydrogen fuel cell car) in Europe by the first quarter of 2016.