All new Honda cars sold in Europe to feature electric technology
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.
Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ is officially coming into focus.
Urban EV Concept
Hachigo-san also unveiled Honda’s brand-new electric vehicle, the Urban EV Concept. The Honda emblem on the concept is backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for the company’s future EVs.
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.
CR-V Hybrid Prototype
Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, followed Hachigo-san by introducing the new CR-V Hybrid Prototype. “On sale from 2018, this vehicle will be the first Honda hybrid SUV sold here in Europe,” he said.
The CR-V Hybrid powertrain delivers real-world efficiency and effortless driveability. The i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) two-motor system does not need a conventional transmission – instead, a more compact multi-mode unit with a single fixed-gear ratio delivers torque seamlessly to the wheels.
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.
“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.”
Honda is participating in a trial in western France, where Power Manager units will be installed in a pilot scheme, as part of the development of a regional ‘smart grid’ to be completed by 2020.