Honda Motor Co. rolled out an electric concept car and a plug-in hybrid concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.
Honda, which two years ago said it was reticent to move toward the all-electric arena, unveiled the Fit EV Concept, saying it will go approximately 100 miles per charge. The five-passenger hatchback design will take six hours to recharge at 240 V, and 12 hours at 120 V. A Honda press release said that the vehicle will use a pocket-sized interactive remote “to remotely view the vehicle’s state of charge, initiate charge, and activate the air conditioning, even while connected to the grid…”
The plug-in concept vehicle has an all-electric range of 10-15 miles, with a top speed of 62 mph. A full battery recharge will take less than 2.5 hours using a 120-V outlet, and less than 1.5 hours using a 240-V connection. The vehicle can also run in a gasoline-electric hybrid mode, powered by a two-liter, four-cylinder engine.
The Fit EV is schedule for sale in 2012. No date was immediately available for the plug-in hybrid.
Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
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