• Feb 11, 2011
Honda PHEV platform concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda is still toting the company line that plug-in vehicles are a "near-future technology" and that the ultimate goal of green motoring is a choice of mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, such as its own FCX Clarity. This, despite the presence of new production plug-in vehicles (Leaf, Volt, etc) on the road today.

Regardless of whether or not you subscribe to Honda's way of thinking, it's always a pleasure to welcome in a new electric vehicle concept from a major automaker, and that's exactly what the Japanese automaker will be bringing to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

Says Honda, "The Honda EV Concept hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda's upcoming production battery electric vehicle, the Fit EV, which will be introduced to the U.S. and Japan in 2012." Honda also notes that the concept is designed "to meet the daily driving needs of the average metropolitan commuter," and to that end, seats five passengers and has room for their cargo in the hatch.

Range will come in at 100 miles (using the U.S. LA4 City Cycle), and there will be three separate driving modes (as seen in the CR-Z hybrid hatchback) along with "several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximising battery range." Honda will also show off a matching prototype Honda Charging Stand for electric vehicles.

The other major draw at the Honda display will be a new plug-in hybrid platform that will showcase the automaker's next-gen two-motor hybrid drivetrain. Unlike Honda's current Integrated Motor Assist technology, this will be a full hybrid system with three modes: all-electric, petrol-electric and an engine direct-drive mode. Honda has packaged the hybrid technology in a midsize platform – roughly the size of an Accord, we'd imagine.

We certainly look forward to seeing what Honda has in store for Geneva, but in the meantime, feel free to scan though the press release after the break for more clues.



[Source: Honda]
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Honda EV Concept and Plug-in Hybrid Platform feature at Geneva International Motor Show 2011

The all-new Honda EV Concept electric vehicle will be displayed in Geneva, alongside a platform for mid size plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The concepts will be shown as part of Honda's "Road to Zero Emissions", illustrating the current technology of hybrids alongside the near-future technology of plug-in vehicles and the ultimate goal of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, like Honda's FCX Clarity.

Both vehicles are integral to the Honda Electric Mobility Network, the company's comprehensive approach to reducing CO2 emissions through innovative products, energy-management and energy-production technologies.

The Honda EV Concept hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda's upcoming production battery electric vehicle, the Fit EV, which will be introduced to the U.S. and Japan in 2012. The all-new plug-in hybrid platform showcases Honda's next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology set to debut in 2012.

Honda EV Concept

The EV Concept is designed to meet the daily driving needs of the average metropolitan commuter and utilises the same 5-passenger layout found in the popular Fit hatchback (known as Jazz in Europe).

The Honda EV Concept will achieve an estimated 160 km (100 mile) driving range per charge using the US EPA LA4* city cycle . Driving range can be maximised by use of an innovative 3-mode electric drive system, adapted from the 2011 Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid. In addition to this, the Honda EV Concept will include several interactive coaching systems to assist the driver in maximising battery range.

Alongside the Honda EV Concept will be a prototype Honda charging stand, providing a glimpse at the future of an electric-charging infrastructure that is easy to use and intuitive for consumers.

Honda Plug-in Hybrid

Honda will also unveil a plug-in hybrid platform, which showcases Honda's next-generation two-motor hybrid system. Integrated into a mid-size sedan platform, the plug-in hybrid is designed to be compatible with daily driving habits, allowing for short, frequent trips in all-electric mode, while providing long-distance driving capability when needed.

The Honda two-motor system continuously moves through three different modes to maximise driving efficiency: all-electric, petrol-electric and a engine direct-drive mode. The plug-in hybrid also uses regenerative braking to charge the battery.

FCX Clarity

The FCX Clarity will be displayed alongside the two concept vehicles demonstrating its position as the ultimate solution to zero emissions mobility. The world's first production fuel cell electric vehicle has been available to lease in the US and Japan since 2008.

Honda Range at Geneva Motor Show 2011

Jazz

The Geneva Motor Show will be the European motor show debut of the revised Honda Jazz and marks the return of a CVT automatic transmission to the endlessly flexible B-segment hatchback.

Jazz Hybrid

The Jazz Hybrid will go on sale in March 2011 in many markets and will be shown in full production specification, further demonstrating Honda's continuing commitment to petrol-electric hybrid technology.

Accord

The revised Honda Accord sedan and Tourer models will make their debut at the show. Both cars receive a host of changes including enhanced styling, emissions, ride and handling.

Insight

The 2011 Honda Insight will feature a revised interior. The car also features revised suspension components and settings, specification changes and two new exterior colours.

CR-Z

The world's first 6-speed manual hybrid coupe, the Honda CR-Z will grace the stand at the Geneva Motor Show.

CR-V

Joining the Accord in the safety zone of the Geneva Motor Show stand is the CR-V equipped with the Euro NCAP award-winning Collision Mitigation Brake System, the Honda-developed autonomous emergency braking system.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The Fit EV will be cheaper because the platform it is being built on is less expensive to build - the body style doesn't have to be changed dramatically (less R&D costs) and Honda seems to know, in general, how to build cars for less money than GM - which is why Honda's profits are good. They have also already designed the motor - it's the one in the FCX Clarity. And yes I understand that Chevy basically did the same thing with the Volt but, again, Honda seems to be able to make things less expensively than GM.

      There's only 151 Volts for sale nationwide. Is that innovation?

      And since you still have trouble with math:

      Honda Civic Hybrid: 40/43
      Hyundai Elantra: 29/40
      Chevy Cruze Eco: 28/42
      Ford Focus: 28/38 (this is still unofficial)
      Ford Focus SFE: ?/? (We don't know yet - we are told ?/40+)

      So the Cruze Eco almost gets there with highway mileage, but loses the battle when it comes to combined and city mileage. And yes it is impressive for a vehicle that isn't not a hybrid - I am not trying to knock any of the above cars for getting bad mileage - they all get GREAT mileage, they just don't compare with the Honda Civic Hybrid. And, just to reiterate - the Honda Civic Hybrid is 6 years old and the only car released since it came out to beat it in combined fuel economy is the Prius. (The Ford Fusion family of hybrids does beat it in City mpgs and the Insight ties it.) Honda is releasing a new version of the Civic Hybrid in a couple of months and it will be very strong.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Next gen IMA may be the "the other major draw," but it's way more important for Honda's future success than EV. Previous gen IMA disappointed... looking forward to the performance stats.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nobody can figth agaisnt dreams and impossibles. millions of people just commute 50-60 miles daily, so
      a EV is viable alternative. But automakers still think everyone need a 400HP,awd, 8 speed car to carry
      his childern to the scholll. So EV is just a dream .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda seems to be really behind its main competitors on the EV front. By the time they get anything to the market, GM etc will be on their 2nd/3rd generation EVs. Sad, Honda, very sad.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Really, Civic behind it's competitors.

        What competitor to the Civic has
        A natural gas version - cleanest internal combustion engine on the planet.
        A hybrid version
        A performance version with an 8000 rpm motor
        An economy version..."

        Many competitors have natural gas vehicles (mainly trucks for commercial clients), just not in the compact car segment, because (drum roll)... there is no market for it. Just how many natural gas Civics exactly have you seen on the road? Can you walk into a dealership and buy one off the lot?
        Hybrid - and a pretty mediocre one, especially when others have cars that get better mpgs without the hydrid system.
        Performance version - ideal for high school kids.
        Economy version - a very outdated (although very well selling) one.


        • 3 Years Ago
        Really, Civic behind it's competitors.

        What competitor to the Civic has
        A natural gas version - cleanest internal combustion engine on the planet.
        A hybrid version
        A performance version with an 8000 rpm motor
        An economy version...

        • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        KGavar,
        you are a fullblown dumbass.

        So I ask for what competitor offers the range of engine choices as the Civic, and you babble on about trucks, then you make wild ass claims that the Civic competitors are getting 40mpg in the city WITHOUT a hybrid.

        Name one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dudes, I was thinking of highway mpgs when I made my comment. Elantra, Cruze Eco, new Focus all beat/match the hybrid Civic’s hwy mpgs while offering a much nicer and refined overall package. The Civic is simply outdated. The seats feel like something you’d find in a Yugo, the interior is all gray hard plastics, there is virtually zero sound insulation (how do you think they keep the weight down to get those mpgs?). Ok, I’ll be nice, the Civic is a mediocre package at best. I have no idea why you think that having a variety of engine options makes a model less obsolete than it already is.

        As far as the CNG civics. I don’t live in one of the states that it is offered, so I was not aware that you can step in a dealership and they may actually have one for sale. I did a nationwide search on cars.com. There are exactly 46 CNG civics in dealers. Hooray! That’s what I call innovation.

        As far as Honda’s EVs. They are BARELY on the horizon. All while its competitors (GM, Nissan and soon, Ford) already sell/are about ready to sell EVs. GM can have a pure EV on the road tomorrow (just take the gas motor out of the Volt and put a bigger battery). That’s just not their strategy. BTW, how can you be so certain about the cost of those future Honda EVs being cheaper than the Volt or Leaf, when all they have is a concept of a future powertrain? You guys take the definition of “fanboy” to a different level :).

        I’ve read much bigger figures than 25K for Volt production, but that’s still way better than vaporware. I don’t know what GM is doing on the background, but I’m pretty sure they are not sitting still.

        Fit EV … (giggle giggle)... are we going to see a CRZ EV as well???


        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't even feel excited anymore with any announcement coming from Honda.
        • 3 Years Ago
        KGavar,

        I'm still waiting for you to tell me what Civic Competitor gets 40mpg in the city without using a hybrid system.
        • 3 Years Ago
        KGavar

        LOL, at least you finally admitted you are a dumbass. But then you come back and spew more ignorance. YOu claim all those get better highway mileage than the Civic.

        It too easy to prove you WRONG you are.
        Civic 43
        Cruze 42
        Elantra 40
        Focus don't see the ratings for the upcoming 2012 Focus, and if we are going there, the 2012 Civic you nor I know the ratings on it either.

        I await your next post of big ole fail.
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL, Honda scrapped those at the end of the lease terms, GM-style. Calling that "in the market" is a stretch...
        • 3 Years Ago
        How many EVs did Honda lease in the 90s? A handful? Where have they been for the last 20 years? Along the same lines you could say that Honda has been selling fuel cell cars for a while now!

        gua,

        you are a funny little guy, arent' you! I'm talking about real cars that one can buy, not vaporware. BTW, are there any chinese companies that don't overpromise and underdeliver (or not deliver at all)?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Honda only sells the Natural Gas version in CA, UT, NY and OK - which is one of the reasons why they aren't seen much. In those states you can go and buy one off the lot. When the 2012 comes out they will sell it in every market so maybe we'll see more of them.

        What car gets better mileage without a hybrid than 40/43? There is no such car, but I forget that facts don't matter to some people. The 2006-2010 Honda Civic Hybrid has the 7th highest combined epa fuel economy rating ever.

        And the Fit EV will be rolling out in 2012 (yes on a limited lease basis) but Honda is also producing their own solar panels, working with Stanford and Google to examine how to sustainably produce power, how to create public infrastructure for charging...is GM doing any of that? And GM will be on generation 2 or 3 of their EV by 2012? - they aren't even going to produce a decent amount of Volts until 2012 (they are going to TRY to make 25K this year) - and the Volt is a PHEV, not a pure EV - GM does not have a PURE EV. Honda will have BOTH and they will be cheaper than the Volt and the Leaf and they won't take any government loans or bailout money to do it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Honda was a leader in the 80s and 90s. Not just their EV experiment, even Honda's old Civics and Accords seemed a generation ahead of the crap the Detroit automakers were pumping out.

        Then Honda stagnated. Not just their hybrid development, even Honda's new Civics and Accords now seem a generation behind.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really, I guess you were not born back in the 1990s when Honda was selling EV vehicles in the USA.

        I suggest you google Honda EV Plus.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't want to see anymore Honda tech updates unless they are about the next NSX or an entire new lineup of cars across their entire range.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So, do you currently drive like a Ferrari or some other competitor to the NSX?

        Or are you one of they www.VTEC-YO.net ricers boys
        • 3 Years Ago
        Umm no I'm not a: "www.VTEC-YO.net ricers boy". Just a simple car enthusiast who appreciates a company for what it has always been.

        My point is that Honda has of right now:
        The 2011 Honda Odyssey
        A revised TL
        A revised accord coupe
        TSX wagon
        Oh that right, and that new civic that looks like the last one with a goofier looking bodykit on it.

        Autoblog posted the other day at Honda reinstating and fast-tracking the NSX program. All I'm saying is if Honda continues these 'one car here, one car there' drops, both of their car divisions are going to slowly get buried buy their American, Korean, Japanese competition.
      • 3 Years Ago
      PHEW!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Despite whatever good intensions they have for the power train, this thing is ugly beyond comprehension. They’ve taken an ugly car and made it horrifyingly worse!. Whoever is approving this garbage for public viewing should be sacked immediately!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      "...plug-in vehicles are a 'near-future technology' and that the ultimate goal of green motoring is a choice of mass-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicles."

      I will stick by Honda in this.

      I will also partially agree with the above poster in saying that Honda seems almost a shadow of what it was in the 80's and 90's. When it comes to pushing technology and innovating, they've really become stagnant over the past 11 years it seems.

      Honda, if you feel that Hydrogen is the future and ultimate in "Green" technology, then PUSH it. Push that technology forward and FORCE us to embrace it. It's called innovation, and innovation is always risky.


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