Maybe you've heard some ad or read a press release hinting at the Honda's less-than-impressed view of electric vehicles (EVs). If you have, the phrase "near-future technology" used in association with plug-in vehicles should be at least vaguely familiar.
Don't take it the wrong way, Honda is very pro-environmentally friendly car production. Honda has been recognized as the country's Greenest Automaker by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for the fifth time in a row.
Honda just has extremely high standards when it comes to environmentally-friendly technology. In essence, the company believes the definitive goal of green motoring is a selection of mass produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, such as its very own FCX Clarity - the world's first production fuel cell vehicle available to lease in the U.S. and Japan since 2008.
Regardless of its high standards, Honda understands that consumers aren't ready to adopt hydrogen fuel cell cars on a grand scale. Thus, they've begun to unveil its EV Concept, starting at the Geneva International Motor Show.
The new Honda EV concept is driven by an all-new plug-in hybrid platform that showcases Honda's next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology slated to debut in 2012. In design, the concept strongly resembles that 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. 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 likely to get 100 miles per full charge using the US EPA LA4 city cycle. And 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 and several interactive coaching systems.
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