Honda will use next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal the next steps in its plan for electrification of its European car range. The focus for the brand at Frankfurt will be the world premiere of the Honda Urban EV Concept, setting the direction for a future production model. Alongside this debut, the CR-V Hybrid Prototype previews the European version of the all-new CR-V SUV.
This new concept follows the NeuV concept shown at the Geneva Motorshow where Honda, previous innovators of hybrid engines with the introduction of the Insight in 1999, have in recent years taken a back seat allowing other brands to set the standard.
Back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Honda President and COO, Katsushi Inoue revealed details of the brand’s new ‘Electric Vision’. Inoue-san outlined Honda’s commitment to an electric future in Europe, with a specific aim to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025.
“We will leverage Honda’s global R&D resources to accelerate the introduction of a full portfolio of advanced, electrified powertrains for the European customer.”
Initially focused in Europe with the roll-out of hybrid technology across its car range. The first new hybrid model, which will feature Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, will go on sale in 2018.
Honda will also make plug-in hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles commercially available to European customers.
driveEV will be on-hand at the Frankfurt to bring you all the details of the new Honda concept.