It will run on battery or hydrogen.
While we already know that Honda is preparing to launch its first all-electric SUV in 2024 with the Honda Prologue, it looks like that’s not the only SUV that will be powered by alternative fuel systems. Today, the automaker announced that it will begin US production of a new Honda CR-V hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) in 2024.
Interestingly, Honda recently completely redesigned the CR-V (shown above), and while it’s still a hybrid, the next model will improve things. That’s because the 2025 model will be a plug-in hybrid, but instead of running on battery and gasoline, it will have an electric motor along with one that runs on hydrogen.
In an effort to go fully electric by 2040, and then carbon neutral by 2050, the company is diving headlong into electric and fuel cell vehicles. The automaker said it would produce the CR-V (FCEV) at its Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, near the end of 2024.
The idea here is that you’ll be able to drive commutes on electric. However, on longer journeys, owners will still emit almost zero emissions (and avoid the gas station) by using the hydrogen system. And while filling up with hydrogen is faster than charging it and takes about as long as pumping a tank of gas, hydrogen stations are few and far between.
For what it’s worth, this isn’t Honda’s first hydrogen vehicle, not to mention others from Toyota, Hyundai, and GM. That said, many thought Honda was dropping the idea after canceling its pricey Honda Clarity fuel cell car in 2021.
We don’t have many other details about the vehicle, performance figures, or an estimated price. While this will be one of the first EV fuel cell hybrid vehicles, it doesn’t look like Honda will be making many. That’s because manufacturing is done in the same factory that typically handles small volumes, like the Acura NSX. Expect to learn more sometime next year.