Honda, Fuel Cells & Limited Numbers

Last year at the Honda Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, there were 124 Acura NSX sports cars produced. That was a smidge off the volume built in 2020, which was 128.

Perhaps because it was the proverbial and actual end-of-the-line for the NSX, through October 2022 there were 236 built.

These numbers are probably useful to keep in mind regarding an announcement that Honda made today:

It will produce a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCEV) at the PMC starting in 2024.

The vehicle will be based on the current Honda CR-V crossover.

In addition to hydrogen for fuel, it will also have plug-in capability.

Gail May, who is the PMC plant leader, said, “This facility is perfect for the production of a new Honda fuel cell electric vehicle, as our small-volume capability enables us to really leverage the skill and expertise of our team to produce quality zero-emissions vehicles here in North America.”

No doubt, there is superb craftsmanship.

But doesn’t the mention of small volume and the numbers of NSXes built give you the feeling that there aren’t going to be a whole lot of FCEV crossovers?

To be fair, however, according to stats from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, if you’re looking for a public hydrogen refueling station and you don’t live in the proximity of either San Francisco or Los Angeles, you might wand to find an alternative mode of transportation.

There are 54.

Makes the number of NSXes look big.

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