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Honda to Unveil EV in L.A.

By Ward’s Staff

WardsAuto.com, Oct 27, 2010 11:54 AM

Honda Motor Co. Ltd. will unveil an electric-vehicle concept at next month’s Los Angeles auto show.

The auto maker also is set to take the wraps off its plug-in hybrid platform at the show, revealing the first big update to its HEV technology since the introduction of its mild-hybrid Integrated Motor Assist system a decade ago.

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, who will be on hand at the L.A. show, announced over the summer the auto maker would debut a battery EV in the U.S. in 2012, a change in stance for Honda, which previously was lukewarm on the technology.

Honda’s plug-in HEV system for midsize and larger models is set for a 2012 launch.



2010 Los Angeles Auto Show: Honda Electric Car to Make Debut

Source: AllCarsElectric.com

Honda will jump into the electric-car and plug-in-hybrid fray at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show with a new EV concept.

The automaker also confirmed it will lay out the plans for a new plug-in hybrid platform during the L.A. show, which opens to the media on November 17.

Honda's entries into the electrified car world have been hampered by missteps. Its original Insight two-door hybrid hit the U.S. market in the late 1990s along with the first Toyota Prius, but the Insight wasn't succeeded by a new version until 2010. That 2010 Honda Insight has earned less plaudits than the current Prius, since its Imtegrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system doesn't generate the high EPA highway fuel economy numbers to match the Prius' 51-mpg rating.

Honda also has plugged along with its FCX Clarity fuel-cell vehicle, shown above. The practical limits of fuel-cell technology have made the Clarity more of a long-term public relations and engineering effort, than a real point of early adoption for green-car buyers.

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito will be on hand to introduce the new electric-car concept to L.A. show audiences.

No official photos or information on the electric and plug-in hybrid technology have been released. For more details as they emerge, follow us on Twitter @AllCarsElectric.



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By Mark Kleis

Honda, often thought of as a leader in fuel efficiency, has been mysteriously absent from many advanced electric vehicle conversations for quite some time. Now it seems the Japanese automaker, still a leader in fuel economy for gas-powered cars, will now unveil an all-new concept car at the Los Angeles Auto Show that runs purely on electricity.

Honda hasn’t even named this car – yet – nor have they shared a single detail outside of the release location and date of November 17th, 2010. Honda and environmental fans alike can only hope that the automaker’s relatively late arrival to the “EV scene” will be well worth the wait.

As if the electric vehicle concept weren’t enough good green news, Honda also plans to reveal a plug-in hybrid platform that will showcase the next-generation of Honda gas-electric hybrid technology.

Expect big things from these two reveals, as Honda’s president and CEO, Takanobu Ita will even be attending the auto show, marking the first time in history a Honda CEO has introduced a worldwide vehicle debut during the Los Angeles Auto Show press days.



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