Honda gives further insight into future EV plans

Honda has published a teaser image of its latest electric vehicle concept ahead of its unveiling at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show.

The Honda Sports EV Concept.

The Honda Sports EV Concept.

No technical details were given but the carmaker said the Sports EV Concept will combine an electric powertrain and AI technology in a compact bodystyle that combines “a striking silhouette, friendly face and supple body surfaces, all designed to ensure the car blends into any lifestyle”.

The teaser image follows recent hints that future Honda vehicles could phase out diesel power for hybrid and electric drivetrains as the carmaker unveiled its well-received Urban EV Concept electric city car at Frankfurt prior to its launch in Europe in 2019.

Although Honda has previously focused on hydrogen and hybrid models, president & CEO Takahiro Hachigo said last June that the brand would strengthen the development of battery electric vehicles in addition to fuel cell vehicles (FCV) after having established an Electric Vehicle Development Division within Honda R&D in October 2016.

Honda’s EV plans also include a China-only EV, due out in 2018 and spearheaded by China’s advancing plans for electric car domination. The carmaker also recently launched the first all-electric version and PHEV versions of its second-generation Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car in the US.For more of the latest industry news, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.