The history of the internal combustion engine goes back more than 150 years, and, today, it is still the overwhelmingly dominant powertrain supporting global transportation needs. While this is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Honeywell is continuing its six decade legacy as a transportation leader by helping auto makers develop advanced powertrain solutions that take advantage of electrification and alternative fuel sources.
|Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle|
Increasingly stringent CO2 emission regulations and the need to reduce dependency on fossil fuels are quickly creating demand for alternate sources of energy. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are one alternative for providing sustainable, zero-emissions transportation.
|Fuel Cell Compressor|
“We have been developing electric products for more than a decade as the industry’s attention has turned to reducing emissions and finding the commercial and regulatory value in technologies enabling those efforts,” said Honeywell Transportation Systems Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis. “I fully expect Honeywell’s technology portfolio supporting our transportation, aerospace and automotive software disciplines will play a key role in traditional and advanced powertrain development in the years ahead.”
Honeywell’s contributions addressed several key areas including the need for a smaller size compressor allowing Honda to offer a true five-passenger sedan as the overall size of the fuel cell stack is comparable to that of a V-6 engine. Honeywell also adapted sophisticated aerospace technology to introduce air foil bearings which are cooled by the machine’s own compressed air eliminating the potential for poisoning the fuel cell with any oils or greases and helping ensure zero emissions.
Honda recently announced the Clarity Fuel Cell will feature an anticipated U.S. EPA driving range exceeding 300 miles and a refueling time of about three to five minutes.