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Honda EV-N Electric Concept
Claims to not have been disinterested in EV's up until now

Honda may be a little behind company's like Chevrolet and Nissan when it comes to the development of greener vehicles, but the automaker is playing catch-up by announcing their plan to release an electric vehicle (EV) and a plug-in hybrid in the U.S. and Japan in 2012. Honda also announced that its next generation Civic Hybrid, which is to be released in 2011, will feature a lithium-ion battery pack.

It's likely that Honda will join its rivals like Nissan and GM by releasing an all-electric vehicle build around a lithium-ion battery pack. Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito said that its all-electric vehicle would be aimed at "commuters with a relatively short cruise range."

"Honda has no future unless we achieve significant reduction in CO2 emissions," said Ito. "The next 10 years will be a true test for Honda's survival."

Honda's recent interest in electric vehicles isn't its first crack at greener technology, though. The Tokyo-based Honda makes the CR-Z and the Insight hybrids, and there are plans underway to build a plant in Yorii, Saitama near Tokyo specifically for Earth-friendly models. Honda aims to begin production at this plant in 2013. In addition, there is talk about Honda building yet another plant in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, but there is no set date for production.

Other carmakers will be releasing electric vehicles in 2012 as well, such as Toyota, who is teaming up with Tesla Motors Inc. to build an electric version of Toyota's RAV4 crossover. Several others are releasing (or have released) their EV's as soon as this year, such as Nissan's Leaf and the Mitsubishi iMiEV.

With so many others hopping on the EV bandwagon, it makes sense that Honda would follow. But critics have made accusations in the past saying that Honda was "disinterested" in electric vehicles, which Ito denies. With the lack of details given in Honda's EV announcement, some are still unsure of Honda's intentions. 

"The plan is for a product that is two years away," said Toshiyuki Fukuda, a freelance auto writer that is skeptical of Honda's latest announcement. "Maybe it just wants to ride on the EV boom."

Honda plans to improve their gas-electric lineup by introducing many small, hybrid models within the next year, and will expand Japanese production by aiming for emerging markets like Indonesia, Africa, China and India.

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RE: The Honda mini?!
By Reclaimer77 on 7/20/2010 4:25:53 PM , Rating: 3

RE: The Honda mini?!
By Anoxanmore on 7/20/2010 4:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
Hey now, it is cute. :)

RE: The Honda mini?!
By memiraco on 7/20/2010 4:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
its not a "cartoon shitbox" and its not some fancy roadster. Check out the warranty on the battery too. 8 year/100k miles plus it states up to 120 miles per charge.

RE: The Honda mini?!
By Reclaimer77 on 7/20/2010 5:15:00 PM , Rating: 2
Oh actually I didn't get past the flash "America spends bla bla bla on importing oil" intro and clicked it off. I hate being propagandized to, just sell you product, don't assume I'm an idiot. We only import oil because we refuse to drill and refine our own. But people take this statistic, ignore that fact, and use it make a case for alternative energy. It's frankly insulting.

If I'm going to buy a car, it's because it makes the most sense for me and what I'm looking for vs. price and all that good stuff. Not because my country is importing oil, that's just enviro-wacko thinking.

RE: The Honda mini?!
By Aloonatic on 7/21/2010 4:25:14 AM , Rating: 2
If they are going to go on about the amount of oil that is being imported at the moment, then they should be made to say how much lithium (etc) would need to be imported if every car that is burning oil now is replaced by an electric car.

Then they should really quote the amount of oil used to make the car itself too with the plastic wings and interior etc.

So still oil dependent to an extent and now dependent on other minerals, which might be found where?

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher

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