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Honda Motor Co. is bringing two new concepts to the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. One will be the prototype of an electric car, the other is a new type of gas-electric hybrid engine. This announcement was made last Wednesday by a Honda spokesperson.
Back in July, Chief Executive Officer Takanobu Ito said Honda would build an all-electric vehicle for sale by 2012. The model that will be shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show is a representation of the vehicle Mr. Ito was referring to.
The new hybrid system power train itself will be on display in Los Angeles, but won’t be shown in any actual car. The hybrid system is designed for larger vehicles, the spokesperson said. Honda declined to give further specifics on the technology.
Honda’s current hybrid system is designed for small vehicles, such as the Insight and CR-Z Sport, and mainly provides additional power to a cars’ gasoline engine. Toyota Motor Corp. has a different system in which an electric motor alone powers the wheels at certain times. Honda’s system is smaller and less expensive than Toyota’s, but does not work the same way. Honda is working its way to beat out Toyota, its main competition, and become the greatest hybrid car company out there.
Honda already offers an all-electric car in the US, called the FCX Clarity, but has ‘sold only a handful.’ That vehicle uses a hydrogen fuel cell to produce electric power. The Japanese auto maker also sells a natural gas-fueled Civic, as well as a variety of hybrid models.
Check out all the new Honda tech at your local Honda dealer.