Rabu, 08 Februari 2017

New hydrogen cars Toyota FCV Plus and Honda Clarity Fuel Cell


at auto shows currently dominate electric cars. What are the fuel-cell vehicles that the manufacturers have been rubbing with us for a long time? Is the hydrogen technology not slowly overtaken by the increased battery ranges? Not at all, Toyota and Honda believe and introduce new models.

The power generator among hydrogen cars
Toyota presents the FCV Plus, the slightly more strikes than normal fuel cell cars. Like normal hydrogen cars, the futuristic model uses the hydrogen from its fuel tanks to produce electricity for the movement. However, it is also possible for hydrogen to be stored outside the vehicle. In addition, the car can supply other vehicles or local electricity networks with electrical energy from its accumulators. Thirdly, the fuel cell stack of the FCV Plus can be expanded and used for other purposes to generate electricity.

A stack now fits into a small car
Previous hydrogen cars were generally larger vans, SUVs or luxury class sedans. But the advanced technology can now also be accommodated in small vehicles. The FCV Plus has the length of a small car at 3.80 meters. Aerodynamic measures on the underbody, among other things, increase efficiency. Additional electric vehicles can be charged via induction coils in the two rear wheel covers. The car feeds electrical energy into the power grid via similar coils. Inserts on windshield and rear window inform you about the current status. The stack is placed between the front wheels, the hydrogen tank was placed behind the seats. Four wheel-hub motors are used for the four-wheel drive. Thus an interior like a large sedan is possible, promises Toyota. The even distribution of components on the front and rear also leads to a good weight distribution.

Even Honda's new Clarity uses compact technology
Honda brought back in 2002, a finished fuel cell car called FCX on the market. 2008 was followed by a second generation called FCX Clarity. The third version is Clarity Fuel Cell and will be launched in California in 2016. More specifically, only in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Sacramento, where there is already an acceptable hydrogen infrastructure according to Honda.

Reach as electric cars, but more rapid refueling
The improved hydrogen sedan benefits like the Toyota of scaled technology components. The stack is one third more compact than its predecessor, the energy density is even 60 percent higher. Stack and electric drive are no longer bigger than a V6 engine and fit both under the bonnet - the stack was placed in the middle tunnel at the predecessor, only the electric motor was at the front. The range increases from 380 to over 450 kilometers. Although this is not much more than with new electric cars à la Opel Ampera-e. But unlike these, refueling does not take hours, but only a few minutes. The body has been improved aerodynamically and visually. In addition, the car got new safety assistants, an improved infotainment, LED exterior lights and 18-inch alu wheels. The fuel cell version of Clarity is to be followed in 2017 by a pure electric and a plug-in hybrid variant.