• Jul 20th 2010 at 7:33AM
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While Honda hasn't exactly been outspoken regarding its future plans for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs), we've nevertheless remained convinced that the Japanese automaker has to have something up its sleeve to compete with the likes of the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt. As the Nikkei reports, Honda is finally ready to unveil its secretive plans regarding advanced vehicles.

Later today, Honda is expected to announce that it has been hard at work developing both a plug-in hybrid and an EV. Both vehicles should be production-ready within three years and will aim to compete with Japanese rival Toyota, a company with plug-in hybrid and EV plans of its own. As the Nikkei reports, Honda boasts that its plug-in hybrid can travel 140 miles on a single gallon of gas, a claim that might be chalked up to fuzzy math, but here's hoping that Honda proves us wrong. Look for more info on this developing story after Honda makes its big announcement.

  • As you can see, the Honda EV-N can expertly carry three Easter eggs in its cargo area.

[Source: Nikkei – sub. req. via Green Car Advisor]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Months Ago
      Here's hoping (probably in vain) Honda is going to use something different than its IMA architecture for the plug in hybrid.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Or make a dual clutch transmission with a second IMA like motor embedded
        • 8 Months Ago
        IMA would be much better with a larger capacity battery, and sticking a second electric motor on the rear axle would give you 4WD and all electric drive
        • 8 Months Ago
        Well, Honda already has a drive-train for the FCX Clarity (a series hybrid, AKA an EREV with a fuel-cell "range extender"). And honda already has lots of small, quiet, efficient gas engines. And Honda already makes hundreds of thousands of portable electric generators each year.

        If you pull out the fuel cell and stuck everything else together, what do you get?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for the post, hybrids are the future :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like hydrogen has really lost momentum, Honda was one of the biggest hydrogen over batteries advocates.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Hydrogen is DOA. There is no way hydrogen cars could undercut the price of BEVs by the time they are "promised" to be ready for production (anywhere from 5 to 10 years from now) - unless of course a series of revolutionary technological advances occur and are commercialized in record time. In that same time frame battery prices will have come down significantly, the ranges offered will have improved, and the charging infrastructure will have matured to the point there really isn't any major incentive for consumers to buy a more expensive FCV. This is a smart move by Honda.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Hydrogen FCV and BEV technologies are not either-or. Almost every automaker has an FCV program, just as they all have a BEV program.

        BEVs are certainly much easier and cheaper to design and get on the road, so they will obviously hit the market first.

        FCV development has been remarkable in the gains it has made in the past decade, and by 2015 we will most certainly see the results of all the automakers' endeavor.

        Kudos to Honda for working so diligently!
        • 8 Months Ago
        hydrogen just doesn't make sense for residential... too much cost to produce/infrastructure, not enough energy return...

        I am glad Honda is going this direction finally, they've been twiddling their thumbs too long... let's just hope it's not another insight/cr-z... how about an electric Fit to replace my gas fit in 5 years?

        anyway, once batteries charge in < 30 minutes and last 200+ miles for a car under $20k, there will be no reason to not buy an EV

        I still think the swappable battery pack idea is the best... no need to charge, just pull into a service station for 5 minutes and you're good to go
        • 8 Months Ago
        Another hydrogen enthusiast is also planning to build battery cars.
        They regard the use of fuel cells and batteries as simply two variants on similar technology, which use most of their elements in common and so defray most of the costs together, with only the actual powertrain differing as they are both fully electric vehicles.
        The company is Nissan.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Yeah, they probably woke up one then and realize, "Oh crap, no one can afford the infrastructures for hydrogen."

      • 8 Months Ago
      Finally someone is thinking about the issue of weight. Check out the interior of this car, seats are mesh like a Herman Miller Aeron Chair ... more comfortable, one third the weight.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I agree GoodCheer. Every time I think of gasoline range extenders, Honda comes to mind. Can't see why they wouldn't just plunge on in and make the Clarity a gasoline EREV. Plus, the Clarity is such a beautiful car, I can't understand why they aren't using that car before it becomes stylishly outdated. Such a shame.
      • 8 Months Ago
      extraction of hydrogen from water is going to cost more and also the process needs fossil fuel to be burnt, so eventually these fuel cell cars may be not a good idea till we have a better solution for the hydrogen
        • 8 Months Ago
        why does the electricity have to be from fossil fuels ?

        seems to me that it would be a very good idea to have hydrogen producing facilities located close to wind and solar plants near a source of water. A desalination plant would also be useful in places such as africa. It would also get over the problem of what to do with excess electricity capacity as this could be used to produce the hydrogen.

        I think Honda like every other manufacturer needs to look at electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles as well as all the other alternatives such as petrol and diesel hybrid, along with downsizing and turbocharging conventional petrol units along with cleaner diesel that meets future clean air legislation.

        So the story the other day about Honda giving up on diesels was exactly accurate as looks like another diesel is on its way, probably a 1.6 litre td.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Hydrogen is not a bad idea for Trucks on long hauls. If the source can be from water, even better. It's just not feasible for consumer transport.
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