• Aug 24, 2009
Honda has repeatedly told the world it doesn't see battery electric vehicles as being viable anytime soon. Instead, the company has planned to retain its focus on hydrogen fuel cells. However, the realities of hydrogen distribution (or lack thereof), may be pushing Honda to do something it doesn't necessarily want to.

Honda will reportedly unveil a prototype for a battery powered mini car at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, with a production version expected to hit the streets by 2015. Despite the company's preference for hydrogen fuel cells, a plug-in may be necessary in order to meet the numbers of zero emission vehicles mandated by new California standards in coming years.

The automaker could certainly leverage the work it has done on the electrically driven FCX Clarity in combination with lithium batteries from its joint venture with GS Yuasa.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog should not be showing ancient photos with headlines about new cars, period. Look at how many people (myself included) thought the hideous photo above was of a NEW offering. At least until we read the comments section.

      I like reading auto news here but the quality here is pretty hit and miss between this and stuff like the "Aston-Healey / Austin-Martin" post a week or two ago. Get it ALL right, Autoblog, or you'll start losing eyeballs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My goodness. Talk about flipping back the design calendar to 1978. This simply has to be intentional (vs. really bad design) which means they think consumers believe that electric = humble + boring. Bad decision.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow... that was my first thought also. Not that it's ugly, just looks 20 years old!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow.... Geo got re-badged as a Honda.... FAIL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't a "production date of 2015" basically mean "we're not sure if we're actually going to make this, so we're putting out a press release to see if people think we're crazy"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      People criticize GM for killing the electric car. yet Honda killed the EV+ YEARS before GM ended the EV1 and nobody said anything about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If gas prices go back to $4/gallon, Honda could sell this decade-old EV and it would sell out and have a waiting list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sigh. Autoblog should really think about NOT having to include a picture with every post. It's gotten ridiculous sometimes. There's this post as an example or when there's news about a company buying another company the writers or someone will hastily put together an mspaint image of 2 badges with a plus sign between them or something. Or when there's an article about company policy they'll just have a picture of a big company logo. It's just unnecessary, and in this case confusing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that is one hideous looking car. Looks like an old Subaru Justy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So 6 years to production? That's worse then the Volt...
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah i'll believe it when i see it. I was a part of a pilot program for the EV pictured back at the turn of the millennium, decent little city car, everyone loved it, then honda just grabbed 'em and crushed 'em. needless to say, honda producing and selling an electric car in production car volumes is about as real to me a bugatti deciding to sell the veyron to 16 year olds $20 as a congratulations for achieving their license. The volt has a 100000000% better chance being built than this thing
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm excited!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda needs to get its act together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first, I thought the picture was of a minivan from the 80's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not with headlamps like these.
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