2 Honda Electric Vehicles To Debut In 2018

2 weeks ago by Anthony Karr 14

New Accord coming by the end of the year.

In June, Honda held a press meeting in Tokyo, Japan, where President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo outlined the company’s future plans during his speech. Among many new announcements, Takahiro confirmed the brand will strengthen the development of electric vehicles and will work on autonomous technologies ready for highway use in 2020.

Starting with the EVs, Hachigo revealed we will see a production all-electric vehicle from the manufacturer during an auto show this fall. It is currently under development alongside a China-exclusive model scheduled to go on sale in 2018. The development process for the EVs is carried out by the newly-formed Electric Vehicle Development Division, part of Honda’s R&D department. Also in 2018, Honda will introduce an all-electric scooter.

Autonomous technologies will also have a major role in the automaker’s future and the first system to arrive for production vehicles will be a highway autonomous autopilot. Scheduled to be introduced in 2020, it will be able to perform lane-changing function, which enables the vehicle to “drive in multiple lanes without any command from the driver.” Also, the advanced system will free the driver from the need to monitor their surroundings while the vehicle is experiencing traffic congestion.

Once the technology is ready, Honda will continue to improve it and adapt it for use on regular public roads. The Japanese company expects to reach Level 4 automated driving by around 2025.

Meanwhile, Honda is also developing the next generation design language, which will be previewed at an auto show this fall. Before the end of the year we will also get to see the next-generation Accord, which will undergo a full model change with a “further advanced design and driving experience.” Last but not least, Honda says it is developing technologies which will provide “driving experience that performs at the will of the driver.”

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14 responses to "2 Honda Electric Vehicles To Debut In 2018"

  1. EVfreedom says:

    Honda is so far behind that to EV supporters news of offerings mean nothing. SAD!

    1. Dan says:

      If you’re already an EV supporter, then it is immaterial whether you like Honda or not. SAD!

      On the other hand, if you’re a Honda supporter, then whether they offer an EV or not matter.

    2. JustWillimPDX says:

      Hogwash. True EV supporters are those who support the technology in general, and then purchase the vehicle that best suits their needs and means.

      A perfect example is Chevrolet, as the majority of Volt, Spark EV, and Bolt buyers are new to the brand. The fact that these “conquest sales” are coupled with high satisfaction rates is remarkable.

      “EV supporter” and “Brand conscious” are not mutually exclusive terms by any means, but to paint them all the same color with the same ultra-wide brush is doing a great disservice to both the established community and those interested in joining it.

  2. DJ says:

    I don’t get why they, like Toyota and the Mirai, made the Clarity so “polarizing”. I mean it just doesn’t look good. What’s with all the weird fenders and all.

    If they put their powertrains, even though they aren’t what EV enthusiasts want today, in to a more normal looking car like the Accord I think it would sell a lot better. A 40 mile PHEV Accord is something I would maybe consider. Hell, I’ll still probably consider a 40 mile PHEV Clarity but am strongly hoping something better would be available when my Volt lease is up. Not everyone wants a small car or is willing to overpay for a long range BEV that isn’t small so for them please just make something pretty good EV wise and that looks normal’ish 😀

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      It should not be difficult to understand that “good” is just your assumption of what design is “good”, very specific to your country and cultural background, and most likely reflecting last decade fashion as you are used to it like most people do.

      These particular cars are made to showcase future and adopt Japanese futuristic styling for that reason, whatever old design general US public likes right now. Once they get to more mass market, you will be used to similar styling.

    2. JustWillimPDX says:

      “Different strokes for different folks”. It’s just that simple.

    3. Ryan says:

      Well it matters little to most of the world how polarizing the Clairty is, because after weeks of hyping its launch it turned out they are only selling it in California.

      They should get no press and no respect for new EV announcements until they show they’re serious about actually selling said vehicles.

      1. Asak says:

        The EV version didn’t matter much to the people in CA either because it turned out to have an 80 mile range and it was priced close to the Chevy Bolt.

  3. Mister G says:

    YAWN

  4. William says:

    Helpful Honda Horseradish! Try to use the newly installed Chargepoint Quick charger at the dealership in Torrance, CA. It is Free to use, of course only if you can get access to the two Chademo/CCS charging parking spots, after the Lot sales staff move the pre parked ICE cars, per your polite request.

    Honda will be the last one to launch a non compliance EV from the Asian ICE Legacy automakers

  5. Robert Middleswarth says:

    Looks like they are getting released in China, not the US. Still waiting for a decent Honda EV to be sold in the US and likely will be waiting a long time.

  6. James P Heartney says:

    This is what it looks like when an automaker is caught behind the curve, and struggles to catch up.

    The Clarity was primarily conceived as a FCEV. If you look at the marketing, the FCEV version takes the primary place, with the hybrid and EV versions secondary.

    The Clarity’s weird looks, and the Clarity EV’s short range, are both products of the model’s focus on the FCEV version (the EV’s battery pack is put into whatever space they could find after taking out the hydrogen tank, rather than being placed on the floor as in most purpose-designed EVs).

    With H2 fueling infrastructure in the U.S. largely stillborn, the Clarity FCEV is stranded. Sadly, the Clarity design is useless as a starting point for actual EV development. So Honda is back at square one.

    1. Loboc says:

      A fuel cell car IS an EV. Not exactly square one.

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