Honda: No Electric Car Until 2015

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Honda will be showing a prototype electric car at the Tokyo Auto Show in October, as the EV-adverse automaker prepares to offer a battery-electric option. And though development is going forward now, according to reports from Automotive News [sub], the Honda EV won’t be reaching the market until 2015. Honda had previously committed to its nickel-metal hydride battery technology (along with its hydrogen fuel cell system), and it’s not clear that this new vehicle represents a shift to lithium-ion technology. That might explain the long delay; Nissan’s Leaf EV and GM’s Volt EREV are supposed to go on sale in late 2010. But Honda’s not slacking, it’s just doing things the old-fashioned way. The Motor Company will be releasing electric motorcycles around the same time the Leaf and Volt come out and building from there. Sound familiar?

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  • Targa Florio Targa Florio on Aug 24, 2009

    Conventional motor bikes are dangerous enough. Electric motor bikes ought to be even more dangerous: Now nobody can SEE or HEAR you coming. Great.

  • R H R H on Aug 24, 2009

    Targa> With the amount of insulation & electronic devices installed on [s]the "entertainment-on-wheels" vehicles[/s] cars, not making noise doesn't really increase the danger any, IMHO.

  • CyCarConsulting CyCarConsulting on Aug 24, 2009

    Electric bikes are fun to ride with the instant torque available. Some are very scary. However I need to have my ipod, with a recording of a loud exhaust in order to feel at home.

  • Michelle1960 Michelle1960 on Aug 24, 2009

    Check out the electric bicycle option! The Pedego also uses a lithium ion battery.