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Style and Design of FCX CLARITY

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.21 No.1

Summary

The FCX CLARITY, a new fuel cell vehicle (FCV), has a package layout and design that make full use of one of the FCV’s great advantages, that of a freedom of package layout with distributed powerplant components. On top of being a zero emissions eco-friendlier vehicle, the FCX CLARITY was developed with the goal of creating a next-generation sedan offering new value and appeal, joy of driving, and pride of ownership. The eye-catching design was meant to give a glimpse of the future in a way that makes it instantly recognizable as different from that of an internal combustion engine vehicle. This includes the exterior design that achieves new proportions with short nose and long cabin with its configuration of dynamic surfaces. The resulting new form is completely unlike that of any conventional sedan. The interior was designed ahead of its time, optimizing its wide open cabin space to create spacious and comfortable personal space, and a cockpit which gives a new sense of fun with futuristic features.

Reference

(1) Kawasaki, S., Ogura, M., Ono, T., Kami, Y.: Development of the Honda FCX Fuel Cell Vehicle, Honda R&D Technical Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 1-6
(2) Matsunaga, M., Fukushima, T., Ojima, K., Kimura, K, Ogawa, T.: Fuel Cell Powertrain for FCX Clarity, Honda R&D Technical Review, April, 2009, p. 7-15
(3) Saito, N., Kikuchi, H., Nakao, Y.: New Fuel Cell Stack for FCX Clarity, Honda R&D Technical Review, April, 2009, p. 16-23
(4) Yamamoto, K., Anekawa, A.: Development of Lithium Ion Battery System for Fuel Cell Vehicle, Honda R&D Technical Review, April, 2009, p. 43-48
(5) Nishide, H., Yoshikawa, K., Nakagawa, K., Esaki, H.: Heated and Cooled Seat for FCX Clarity, Honda R&D Technical Review, April, 2009, p. 30-34

Author (organization or company)

Masaru HASEGAWA(Automobile R&D Center)、Yozo TAKAGI(Automobile R&D Center)、Kazuhiko SATO(Automobile R&D Center)、Keiichi ARAKI(Automobile R&D Center)

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