Honda Begins U.S.-Made Market-Ready Fuel Cell

American-made crossover with domestically sourced powertrain begins series production in Ohio.

Paul Myles, European Editor

June 11, 2024

1 Min Read
Honda CR-V eFCEV Fuel Cell
Honda CR-V e:FCEV rolling off U.S. assembly line.

Honda starts production of its hydrogen fuel-cell plug-in hybrid vehicle advertised as the first market-ready vehicle of its kind to be made in the U.S.

Its Honda CR-V e:FCEV is now rolling off the assembly line at the automaker's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio. The vehicle claims to be the first model to feature a U.S.-made fuel-cell system with plug-in electric charging capability.

The compact crossover boasts a 270-mile (435-km) EPA driving range rating, combining the fuel-cell system with plug-in charging to provide up to 29 miles (47 km) of electric-only range for urban driving.

Its fuel-cell system is made at Fuel-Cell System Mfg., in Brownstown, MI, a joint venture production facility established by Honda and General Motors.  It claims higher efficiency and increased refinement, with durability performance doubled and cost reduced by two-thirds compared to the previous fuel-cell system in the Honda Clarity Fuel-Cell.

The powertrain features include a subassembly of two hydrogen tanks containing compressed hydrogen at 10,000 psi via a new onsite station used to fill the CR-V e:FCEV. The chassis is an aluminum spaceframe welded to a multi-material unibody construction including a thicker steel body.

Patrick McIntyre, lead of PMC, says: “Producing a zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicle is one more step toward Honda’s global goal of achieving carbon neutrality for our products and operations.”

About the Author(s)

Paul Myles

European Editor, Informa Group

Paul Myles is an award-winning journalist based in Europe covering all aspects of the automotive industry. He has a wealth of experience in the field working at specialist, national and international levels.

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