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Honda Motor showcases electric vehicle concepts at Tokyo Motor Show

Urban EV concept which would be the base for a new model to be launched in Europe first followed by Japan was also showcased

Press Trust of India  |  Tokyo 

Honda Motor showcases electric vehicle concepts at Tokyo Motor Show

Japanese auto major Co on Wednesday showcased concepts of its electric vehicles, including concept which would be the base for a new model to be launched in first followed by Japan in 2020.

The exhibits also include PCX Hybrid and PCX Electric which are currently under development based on its PCX scooter model.

The company has not shared plans for launching models based on these concepts in India where the government has been pushing to go all-by 2030.

"Last year we announced our intention to electrify two- thirds of global automobile sales by 2030 and we are evolving our products toward the realisation of this goal," CoCEO Takahiro Hachigo said here at the 2017.

Introducing the company's concept models, he said Honda's concept will be a city commuter equipped with interactive communication functions.

"We are planning to begin sales of a new model based on this concept first in and then in Japan in 2020," Hachigo added.

Honda also unveiled its Sports EV concept which is based on the same concept at the concept.

It also showcased an experimental motorcycle 'Honda Riding Assist e'.

"This motorcycle self-balances and mitigates the risk of a fall during low speed riding and stopping," he said.

One of the major attractions the company has at the auto show is Honda NeuV,an electric commuter vehicle concept.

"The NeuV is equipped with artificial intelligence and automated driving technologies and makes judgements about the driver's state of stress based on facial expressions and/or tone of voice and provides assistance to driver to support safe driving," Hachigo said.

Reiterating the role of hybrids towards eco-friendly mobility, he said, "We believe that plug-in hybrids will play a key role in this challenge and we therefore will introduce Clarity Plug-in hybrid, which we have already in North America this year, to the Japanese market in summer of 2018."

Earlier, a senior official of Honda's Indian had said that a proper policy and road map for electric mobility in India is required for to consider launching their global in the country.

First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 13:15 IST
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