All new Honda cars sold in Europe to feature electric tech
Honda has confirmed that electrified technology will now feature in every new car model released in Europe. Honda Motor Co. President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo made the announcement during his conference speech at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Honda aims to have electrified technology in two-thirds of all new cars sold globally by 2030. For Europe, however, the target is five years earlier. “Here in Europe, we see this move towards electrification gathering pace at an even higher rate than elsewhere,” Hachigo-san said.
So it’s official: Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ is coming into focus.
Urban EV Concept
Hachigo-san also unveiled Honda’s brand-new electric vehicle, the Urban EV Concept. Built on a new platform, the car showcases sophisticated tech in a simple yet elegant design. But this isn’t just a vision of the future; a production version of the Urban EV Concept will be released in Europe as soon as 2019.
To find out more about the Urban EV Concept, click here.
CR-V Hybrid Prototype
Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, followed Hachigo-san by introducing yet another new car: the CR-V Hybrid Prototype, which will use a state-of-the-art two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system.
Rather than relying on a conventional transmission, the new CR-V uses a more compact multi-mode unit with a single fixed-gear ratio that delivers torque seamlessly to the wheels.
In English: it delivers real-world efficiency and superb driveability. It will also be the first Honda hybrid SUV sold in Europe and better yet – it’s on sale from 2018.
To find out more about the new CR-V Hybrid Prototype, click here.
Ross also debuted Honda’s new Power Manager concept – a fully integrated energy transfer system that distributes electricity to and from a main power grid, directs power flow from renewable sources, and manages the interaction between an electric vehicle battery and the home or business to which it’s connected.
That’s basically a fancy way of saying that the Power Manager – you guessed it – manages power.
“When appropriate, Power Manager can draw on energy from the EV battery to power the home and minimise the demand from the main grid,” Ross said. “It even allows energy stored in the EV to be sold back to the grid to generate income for the owner.”
More moolah, you say? Now this is a future we can get behind!
To find out more about the new Power Manager, click here.