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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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what the hell are you talking about?
By swhibble on 7/20/2010 7:20:26 PM , Rating: 1
Honda may be a little behind company's like Chevrolet and Nissan when it comes to the development of greener vehicles

Excuse my language, bu what the fuck are you on about?

This has been on the market for YEARS. Albeit it is quite expensive to lease, and yes, I am aware that currently hydrogen is produced most cheaply and effectively from oil, but come on. Is it really so difficult to make a home electrolysis machine? After all, you're getting your power from the dirty smelly coal fired power stations regardless of whether you convert it to hydrogen or charge your batteries with it.

Also, before anyone makes the argument of "OMG BUT ITZ NOT AS EFFICIENT LOLOLOL" I would just like to point out that currently charge times on EVs are the biggest fucking inconvenience EVER. If a small drop in efficiency is what it takes to make the difference between waiting 4 hours for my car to 'fill up' and literally filling up my car in 5 minutes with hydrogen, then that's a sacrifice I will gladly make.

The point of my post, though, is to ask you to at least do a SMALL amount of research before you go jabbering on as if you know what you're talking about. The FCX Clarity may not be perfect, but it's just as 'green' as it's EV counterparts.

By texbrazos on 7/21/2010 12:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
Hydrogen and Battery tech will be the next fuel. Everyone just needs to get on the same page and push it. It is just plain logic and common sense to use it. GM is opening the first stations in Hawaii this year.
Check out the Rocky Mountain Institutes 20 hydrogen myths.
Also, did you know they already use hydrogen in making diesel fuel in a process called hydrocracking. Why not just use the hydrogen???

By CharonPDX on 7/21/2010 8:25:18 PM , Rating: 2
And if you want mass-production "greener vehicles", Honda was the first to release a Hybrid in the U.S. (the 2-seat Insight beat the Prius to the U.S. by a year,) and was the first to sell Hybrid versions of regular high-volume cars (Hybrid Civic and Hybrid Accord, which sadly has been discontinued.)

And that doesn't even count the late '90s California flirtation with EVs that Honda participated in like most every other manufacturer.

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