Honda unveils milestone in plug-in hydrogen mobility in the Americas
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Honda unveils milestone in plug-in hydrogen mobility in the Americas

Honda has taken a significant leap forward in sustainable transportation by introducing the 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV, marking America’s inaugural production of a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).

This innovative compact crossover utility vehicle (CUV), boasting a 270-mile EPA driving range, integrates a pioneering U.S.-manufactured fuel cell system with plug-in charging capabilities. It offers up to 29 miles of pure electric driving, complemented by the convenience of quick hydrogen refueling for extended journeys.

Mamadou Diallo, senior vice president of Auto Sales at American Honda Motor Co., emphasized the role of Honda’s fuel cell technology in achieving the company’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. “Our commitment to electrification, including the launch of battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles like the CR-V e:FCEV, is pivotal in our journey towards 100% zero-emission automobile sales by 2040,” Diallo stated.

Set to be available for leasing in California later this year, the 2025 CR-V e:FCEV is a testament to Honda’s long-standing expertise in hydrogen fuel cell technology, dating back to the Honda FCX in 2002 — the world’s first zero-emission FCEV certified for daily use.

Manufactured at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, the CR-V e:FCEV is the only passenger FCEV produced in America. It introduces the second-generation Honda Fuel Cell Module, crafted at Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC in the U.S. state of Michigan. This module, co-developed with General Motors, showcases significant advancements in durability, efficiency, and cost reduction, setting a new benchmark for fuel cell technology.

The vehicle comes loaded with standard features, including HondaLink® for real-time hydrogen station, charging, and power supply data, and the Honda Power Supply Connector, which can power small home appliances with up to 1,500 watts of clean energy.

Sporting a bold and sophisticated design distinct from its turbo and hybrid counterparts, the CR-V e:FCEV features a unique body, exclusive grille design, and aerodynamic enhancements for optimized performance. The interior continues Honda’s tradition of clean, high-quality design, offering a spacious and comfortable environment with advanced technology and sustainable materials.

As a single, well-equipped Touring model, the CR-V e:FCEV includes a suite of premium features such as digital instrumentation, HD touchscreen, wireless connectivity, and the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies, ensuring a safe, enjoyable driving experience.

Honda’s “Triple Action to Zero” approach underscores its commitment to zero environmental impact by 2050, focusing on carbon neutrality, resource circulation, and clean energy utilization across all products and corporate activities.

In addition to FCEVs, Honda is expanding its hydrogen business to include commercial vehicles, stationary power stations, and construction machinery, demonstrating its dedication to a carbon-neutral society through innovative hydrogen solutions.