Honda reveals green future
* All-electric car by 2012 * More versatile plug-in hybrids * New smaller diesel engine for Europe...
Honda has revealed that it will launch a new plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicle by 2012, while also continuing to develop greener, conventionally powered vehicles.
Plug-in hybrid and all-electric car
The company's chief executive, Takanobu Ito revealed that Honda was planning to launch both a plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicle in Japan and the United States in 2012. There was no mention of plans for a European version.
The new plug-in hybrid system is currently under development and is expected to be available on cars that are larger than current hybrids.
Smaller diesel engine for Europe
Plans for a smaller diesel engine were also released. The new engine will go on sale in Europe in 2012, alongside the current 2.2-litre unit.
Honda will also continue to develop its current range of petrol engines, but said that it will begin to renew its entire petrol engine and transmission line-up from 2012 in an attempt to further improve fuel economy.
Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles
While Honda has switched its main 'green' focus to plug-in hybrids and an all-electric model, it still believes fuel-cell vehicles will provide the 'ultimate' answer to mobility of the future. Mr Ito confirmed that the company will continue to work on developing the hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity.