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Honda fuel cell activities

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Current fuel cell propulsion systems

PEM fuel cell systems for cars/buses

  1. S. Matsuo

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f311099

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

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Matsuo, S. 2010. Honda fuel cell activities. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

Author Information

  1. Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Wako Research Center, Shimotakanezawa, Haga-machi, Haga-gun Tochigi, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


Honda has demonstrated three types of polymer electrolyte fuel cell systems for vehicles since 1999. The FCX-V1 was equipped with a metal hydride tank, the V2 with an auto-thermal methanol reformer, and the V3 and V4 with compressed hydrogen tanks. The FCX-V3 was introduced to the California Fuel Cell Partnership in Sacramento in November 2000. Operation of the vehicle over a wide variety of city roads and freeways has demonstrated that a fuel cell vehicle is roadworthy and performs capably in traffic. However, there remain areas for further improvements in order to bring fuel cell vehicles into the market.


  • polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC);
  • electric vehicles (fuel cells as propulsion units for);
  • capacitor;
  • comparison with batteries;
  • ultracapacitor;
  • carbon dioxide;
  • hydrogen filling station;
  • compressed gaseous hydrogen (CGH2);
  • metal hydrides;
  • autothermal reforming;
  • system efficiencies