Honda will unveil its top secret electric vehicle concept at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, alongside a plug-in hybrid that showcases "the next-generation of Honda hybrid technology." Keynote presenters at the press conference will be Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. President and CEO, and John Mendel, American Honda Motor Co executive vice president.
Honda's EV and plug-in hybrid cars are scheduled to go on sale throughout Japan and the United States in 2012. Demonstration testing of these products will begin across those countries before the end of this year.
Honda CR-Z has also been rumored to be going all electric. The hybrid sports car starts at $19,200, the CR-Z is the latest gas-electric powertrain from Honda, slightly larger than the one used in the Insight hybrid. The CR-Z has 0.2 liters of additional displacement and twice as many valves on its inline four cylinders.
As a result, its 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine and 10-kilowatt brushless electric motor are slightly less fuel efficient, rating 39 miles per gallon on the highway for the automatic, 37 mpg for a six-speed manual transmission. Honda has introduced the first stick shift on hybrid vehicle.
You can test drive the Honda CR-Z now at your local Honda dealer.