Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Honda’s Green Cars

Automaker Honda has announced an impressive number of new green vehicle projects at this year’s international auto show in Germany, including some concepts and updates its hybrid programs. While the full public release of news includes information about several models, we’re going to focus on the more eco-friendly editions being unveiled.

To start the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011 announcements, Honda’s electric vehicle concept, seen in the photo below, has yet to be given a proper name, but the car is set to be introduced sometime in 2012, and features a lithium-ion battery and coaxial electric motor.

Honda EV Concept, Electric Vehicles, Electric Cars, Concepts, Honda, Frankfurt Motor Show 2011

image via Honda

Honda is looking to equip the car with a dashboard battery display that lets drivers know when to conserve power on air-conditioning, and a web-based connectivity package that allows owners to remotely view charging status.

The EV Concept is modeled after Jazz Hybrid, also highlighted at the convention, in terms of its five-seat interior. The all-electric concept is also modeled after the FCX Clarity, seen in the photo below, in terms of the engine system, and the CR-Z in terms of a three-option drive mode. The electric car is expected to have a top speed of 90 miles per hour, and a range of 60 miles.

Honda FCX Clarity, Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen, Honda, Frankfurt Motor Show 2011

image via Honda

The new plug-in hybrid concept from Honda, a version of which was tested in California last year, will feature a 6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and 120 kilowatt electric motor, which will give the vehicle a range of roughly 15 miles in all-electric mode, and a top speed of 60 miles per hour.

Finally, like the Jazz Hybrid, Honda announced that the 2012 Insight hybrid model will also feature a 1.3 liter engine and electric motor, saying the car’s battery packs will be able to be recycled at any Honda dealership.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

1 Comment

  • Reply September 26, 2011

    ronald jacob

    very informative,wish more of are children from grade 7 and above see this!

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