Honda has announced its plans to introduce an electric vehicle in the U.S. and the EV-N concept. We’ve also talked about the Clarity sedan and the Prologue SUV. What can consumers expect from a Honda electric vehicle? The answer may surprise them. In this article, we’ll examine the future of the electric vehicle chargers and look at the EV-N concept as well as the Clarity sedan and Prologue SUV.
Honda’s plans to launch an electric vehicle in the U.S.
Honda is making a big push to create an electric vehicle for the U.S. market, announcing a significant investment in battery production. This investment complies with new federal tax credits to encourage the use of electric vehicles. The company plans to launch its first EV in the United States in 2024, in partnership with General Motors. By 2026, it plans to produce its own EVs.
Honda and GM are partnering to develop a new solid-state battery for EVs. The current lithium-ion batteries are prone to exploding, so a solid-state battery would be safer and able to store more electricity. The companies hope to begin mass production in the late decade, and are planning to invest $4.4 billion in the new plant.
The company is also working on reducing the cost of electric vehicles. By 2030, the company expects to have 30 EV models on the market. This will make them as competitive as gasoline-powered cars. By 2040, the company expects to sell only electric vehicles in the U.S.
Honda’s Clarity sedan
Honda Clarity sedan is one of the few sedans that are powered by electric energy, but it also comes with a gasoline engine. The Clarity is a plug-in hybrid, and it can go up to 48 miles on electricity alone. It also gets decent fuel economy. However, its gasoline engine has some issues, particularly at highway speeds. Fortunately, Honda Clarity has plenty of driver-assist features.
The Clarity is available in two trim levels. The base model comes with features such as heated seats, a rear-view camera, XM satellite radio, push-button start, and dual-zone climate control. Other standard features are a front and rear parking sensor, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, perforated leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Touring model includes additional features, including a power-adjustable driver seat with memory settings, leather upholstery, and a factory navigation system.
The Clarity PHEV and fuel-cell model will be phased out after August 2021, but Honda will continue leasing the fuel-cell Clarity until 2022. Honda estimates that a thousand fuel-cell Clarity sedans will be delivered in the U.S. by 2020, with half of those being delivered in 2019. Fuel-cell vehicles make their own electricity from hydrogen. However, the main drawback is the lack of hydrogen stations.
The Honda Clarity sedan has a range of 340 miles and 47 miles on electricity alone. Many electric vehicles have limited ranges and require a long time to recharge. However, the Tesla Model 3 is capable of 310 miles in its Long Range trim. Although it’s expensive at $49,000, it offers range comparable to its gasoline-powered counterpart.
The Clarity fuel-cell model adds heated front seats and leather-trimmed seats. Other notable features include Bluetooth voice control, Honda Link mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi tethering. The interior is upscale, with soft leather surfaces and good fit and finish. However, it’s worth noting that the infotainment system can be slow to respond to inputs and can be difficult to use.
While the Clarity fuel-cell model can get to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds, the Clarity plug-in hybrid produces 212 horsepower. It has a 17-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and is also capable of cruising at 60 mph.
Honda’s Prologue SUV
Honda Prologue SUV electric vehicle is a crossover designed to appeal to a range of buyers. The SUV has ample interior space and Neo-Rugged styling. Honda also plans to offer exclusive interior color schemes. The Prologue will be available in the United States starting in 2024. The company plans to introduce 30 electric vehicle models worldwide by 2030. The Prologue is a collaboration between Honda and General Motors, which provided the Ultium platform and battery technology for the vehicle.
The Honda Prologue is expected to be classified as a mid-size SUV, and is expected to offer a third-row seat. It will feature a 100-kWh Ultium battery and 340 horsepower electric motor. It will come with front or all-wheel drive, and can go up to 300 miles on a charge. As it becomes more affordable, the company plans to offer more battery packs and more charging stations in North America.
The Prologue’s styling will be similar to other Honda models. It will have a chiseled front fascia and a family-style light array. The driver-side front fender will have a charge port. Unlike other Honda e-EVs, the Prologue will be offered in one color only: North Shore Pearl.
The Prologue SUV is expected to share its wheelbase with the Lyriq. It will be built alongside Chevrolet’s EV in Mexico. It will have 21-inch wheels and a panoramic sunroof. It will be powered by a rechargeable battery, which will help the EV cut its carbon footprint while driving.
The Prologue will be available with all-wheel drive and a wireless charging pad for your mobile phone. The interior will have two cupholders and a centralized elbow rest. There will also be a touchscreen and a driver display panel. The Prologue should have a range of up to 250 miles.
Honda has just unveiled the design for its new Prologue SUV electric vehicle . This vehicle is the first long-range EV in the North American market. The company has partnered with GM to develop this vehicle, and it marks the start of a new wave of 30 hybrid battery-electric fuel-cell vehicles by 2030.