Honda Unveils New EV Concept

Honda has incredibly high standards for green motoring. Maybe you've heard some ad or read a press release hinting at the company's less-than-impressed view of electric vehicles (EVs). If you have, the phrase "near-future technology" used in connection with plug-in vehicles should be at least vaguely familiar. Basically, Honda believes the eventual goal of green motoring is a selection of mass produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, such as its very own FCX Clarity, which is the world's first production fuel cell vehicle available to lease in the U.S. and Japan since 2008.

On the other hand, despite its high standards, Honda understands that consumers aren't ready to adopt hydrogen fuel cell cars on a large scale. Thus, starting at the Geneva International Motor Show 2011, the Japanese automaker has begun to unveil its EV Concept.

In design, the Honda EV Concept strongly resembles the language used for Honda's upcoming production battery electric vehicle, the Fit EV, which will be introduced to Japan - and yes, even the U.S. - next year. It's powered by an all-new plug-in hybrid platform that showcases Honda's next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology slated to debut in 2012. And, co-starring with Honda's new EV Concept is a prototype Honda charging station that is both intuitive and easy to use.


The Honda EV Concept is expected to get a viable 100 miles per charge using the US EPA LA4 city cycle. The driving range can be optimized by the use of a cutting-edge 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z hybrid. Plus, the Honda EV Concept will offer several interactive coaching systems specially designed to assist the driver maximize battery power.

Stay tuned for more details on the new Honda EV Concept. We at Barber Honda - 4500 Wible Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93313 - promise to keep you informed.

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