If this first test of the new Honda Civic Type R was served up at a fancy dinner party as a dainty, daring amuse-bouche you’d be forgiven for complaining about portion size: here it is in all its glory, potentially one of the most significant launches of the year and a prototype only in name and chassis plaque (00000, if you want to know, although nobody would admit how many 00000s there are in the world), and we have just two laps and around 180sec in which to sample it. We've driven the new Honda Civic Type R - read the review here It’s a drive that’s as delightful as it is frustrating; an unexpected opportunity during a deep dive into Honda ’s future product and development plans in Japan, complete with a twisty but challenging race track to play on (fourth gear wasn’t exercised, but high in third was enough to sample some decent speed in some challenging bends). It’s a bit of a crazy decision to even let us near it, be honest, with … [Read more...] about New Honda Civic Type R: hot hatch prototype drive
With fuel prices sky-rocketing, General Motors recently showcased an electric version of their small car, the Beat at an event in Bangalore. After having shown the electric version of the Spark about a year and half ago, it was now the turn of the Beat to go the electric way, which according to the company is still a prototype completely designed by Indian engineers. Targeted towards the Indian customer, there is no timeline that has been decided for its launch. The electric Beat features the same battery pack which is found in the Volt. The prototype is powered by 300-cell lithium-ion battery with a total energy capacity of about 20 kWh. The 270 kilogram battery provides a range of at least 130 kilometers under normal driving conditions and can be fully charged in eight hours using a 240-V outlet. Besides showing the electric vehicle, GM also spoke about their plans of involving 2,000 Indian engineers who are presently working in their tech centre (Bangalore) for each and every global … [Read more...] about Green News – Gm Exhibits Beat Electric & Honda Jazz Ev
Honda has showcased its new Urban EV concept in Frankfurt. The all-electric Urban EV is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. The concept was officially introduced by Honda President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, who made it clear that it is ‘not some vision of the distant future’. He further confirmed that the Urban EV would metamorphosize into a production car by 2019. The overall design of the Urban EV pays homage to the very first iteration of the Honda Civic - which was launched during the 1970s. This, along with some funky design elements, grant a retro-futuristic appeal to the Urban EV. The Honda emblem on the concept is backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for the company‘s future EVs. At the front of the car, interactive multilingual messages can be displayed between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other … [Read more...] about Frankfurt 2017: Honda Urban EV concept showcased
Honda will roll out the production version of the 2013 Fit EV at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in mid-November. We're guessing Honda's electric-only 2013 Fit will somewhat resemble the automaker's Fit EV Concept, a vehicle which made its debut back at the 2010 LA Auto Show and is pictured above.When the production version of the electric Honda Fit hits the streets in late 2012, it will feature a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor derived from the unit used in the Honda FCX Clarity. Honda claims the electric Fit will top out at 90 miles per hour and return an estimated 100 miles of range using the EPA's LA4 city cycle. We'd like to be proven wrong, but right now we're wondering if that 100-mile range estimate is a bit optimistic. Perhaps we'll learn more about this – and things like pricing (unlikely) or production volume (possible) for the Fit EV when the electric hatch hits the stage in LA. … [Read more...] about 2013 Honda Fit EV to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show
all-electric Honda Fit is nothing new, but the details of the production version that will come to the U.S. next summer are, well, also nothing new. As announced today, the all-electric Fit will only be available through a lease program, probably for $399 per month. What's interesting is that the car does have an MSRP of $36,625, and multiple Honda reps milling around the stand after the world debut unveiling said that the lease-only deal is what's being announced today but that Honda listens to its customers. So, anyone who likes the idea of driving a Fit EV for a long time without having to give it back should let Honda know. Hand raising start today at the new Fit EV website. Honda spokesperson Jessica Fini told AutoblogGreen that the go-slow method is just how Honda likes to do things: Because of our experience in the '90s, we're taking a slow and steady approach and that's kind of been the Honda way, whether you're happy with it or not. Every foray into advanced technology, … [Read more...] about Honda Fit EV available in 2012 for lease only, $399 per month *UPDATE
Still, not everyone can walk around town and – besides – the 3R-C is designed to replace cars for short urban journeys to reduce urban congestion and pollution. A single passenger perches on the three-wheeler under a clear canopy, which lifts up for getting in and out and keeps the seat dry when parked. Honda 3R-C: the tech storyThe battery electric system is apparently set low in the 3R-C's chassis to keep the centre of gravity nice and road-close. No performance or range claims have been issued yet, but we know the electric Honda was designed at the company's R&D facility in Milan.The 3R-C will be shown alongside the EV-N concept car, the latter making its European debut. It was first shown at the 2009 Tokyo show. … [Read more...] about Honda 3R-C electric mobility device (2010)
In the waning years of the twenty first century, when the world's petroleum reserves finally near exhaustion, hydrogen fuel cells will most likely propel our personal transportation. These cars of the future will be practical, safe, fuel efficient, clean-running and dull. The gas – electric Honda Civic Hybrid (HCH) could well be the prototype for this new breed of automobile; where all the car's harmful social and environmental byproducts have been minimized, and all the fun of driving has been designed out of existence.Strangely enough, the HCH's exterior isn't dreary. From some angles, you could even call it rakish. While this site has criticized the Civic's severely tilted windscreen, I consider the HCH's near-horizontal glasshouse a welcome bit of drama on an otherwise conventional shape. The details are equally well-judged. In a world of cars with enormous projector beam headlamps, the HCH's eyes are dignified and restrained. And the sedan's rear– complete with … [Read more...] about Honda Civic Hybrid Review
As sales of EVs are tallied-up, keep one thing in mind: Many are not meant to be sold in earnest. “They’re only built to meet California regulations for zero-emission vehicles–which is why they’re called “compliance cars,” says Green Car Reports. The green blog separated the “real” EVs from the compliance chariots.Green Car Reports found only four EVs which their manufacturers really want to sell in appreciable quantities:2012 Nissan Leaf2012 Mitsubishi ‘i’2012 Coda Sedan2012 Tesla Model SMost other Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) announced for 2012 through 2014 are only “compliance cars,” says Green Car Reports. Here is a list of EVs which don’t have the hearts of the manufacturers behind them:Chevrolet Spark EVFiat 500 ElettricaFord Focus ElectricHonda Fit EVToyota RAV4 EVWhy do carmakers make cars they don’t really want to sell? California requires that carmakers of a certain size show that at … [Read more...] about Electric Window Dressing: Many EVs Don’t Really Mean It
Is 80 miles of driving range enough for an electric car in 2017? Honda seems to think so with its upcoming Clarity Electric, the battery-powered version of its green Honda Clarity lineup, which also consists of a plug-in hybrid and a fuel-cell model. But for its EV, Honda is going against the current thinking in which more range is almost universally seen as better.Although there may be a very small group of EV enthusiasts who’d rather not haul around more batteries than they need, Honda is bound to encounter some pushback with this approach. Five years ago, several automakers launched EVs that delivered about the same amount of range. This was posited as sufficient for a driver who plugs in every night, given that the average U.S. daily driving commute is approximately 30 miles. But the automakers found themselves on the defensive against what was termed range anxiety—the worry that drivers experience over possibly running out of charge before getting to their … [Read more...] about Waiting for Clarity: Is an 80-Mile Range Enough for Honda’s Electric Car?
You can forget the GM EV1 and the Toyota RAV4 EV. The car that truly attempted to bring electric cars into the mainstream was the 2011 Nissan Leaf.It didn’t. U.S. Leaf sales, never reaching any great heights, plunged after its fourth full model year, falling by more than half between 2014 and 2016.There’s a thoroughly updated second-gen Nissan Leaf on its way, destined to hit U.S. dealers early in 2018. But during the first-gen Leaf’s tenure, the Nissan was joined by a broad array of electric cars, from a handful of Teslas to the Chevrolet Bolt, Volkswagen e-Golf, Kia Soul EV, BMW i3, and Hyundai Ioniq, and all of these cars together have combined to quintuple U.S. electric vehicle market share over the last half-decade.Only 0.1 percent of the new vehicles sold in America in 2012 were pure EVs. That figure has risen, very slowly, to 0.5 percent through the first eight months of 2017 while the number of available nameplates has more than doubled.Perspective? … [Read more...] about Seemingly Every Automotive Headline Includes Electric This or That, but What’s the State of Electric Vehicle Market Share in America?