Honda is planning to launch a new generation of electrified vehicles after its fuel cell sedan, starting with a plug-in hybrid that provides 40 miles of all-electric range by 2018, a company executive announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Honda also plans to develop battery-electric vehicles and other hybrids at part of a new lineup of green vehicles in the years ahead, said Ryan Harty, manager of Honda’s Environmental Business Development Office. Harty discussed the Clarity Fuel Cell sedan that will arrive in the U.S. market later this year.
Honda will launch an "expanding portfolio of low-emissions, electrified products that we will be rolling out in the years ahead, including new hybrids, plug in hybrids, and battery electric vehicles," Harty said.
The new PHEV features a next-gen two-motor hybrid system that will offer significant improvements in battery capacity and power. It will more than triple the 13-mile all-electric range of the Accord Plug-In Hybrid, which Honda will discontinue after the 2015 model year. Honda also discontinued the Civic Natural Gas and Civic Hybrid.
Offering an electric range around 40 miles will enable a zero emissions commute with significant range-extended capabilities enabled by an efficient gasoline engine. The increase in power will assist EV operation at highway speeds.