Honda is using the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show to highlight advancements in its hybrid and all-electric vehicle lines. The Japanese automaker leads off its Tokyo Motor Show presentation with a production version of its CR-Z hybrid. The CR-Z hybrid first premiered in Tokyo in 2007 and Honda has spent the past two years turning the concept into reality. This six-speed manual hybrid will be ready to move from factories to sales floors by the end of 2010.
The Tokyo Motor Show may help launch additional hybrid and electric lines by Honda just as the CR-Z hybrid evolved from its 2007 premiere. The EV-N is a four-seat car based on the simple design of the automaker’s N360 model from the 1960s. Honda inserted solar panels in the roof of the EV-N to recharge the battery using the power of the sun. This battery-electric model is nothing more than a concept with Honda not planning production in the near future. While the EV-N is merely a flight of fancy by Honda, the six-seat Skydeck hybrid keeps one foot in the real world. The Skydeck features the Honda IMA drive system used in the Insight stored between the front and back seats for greater cargo room. Honda states that the Skydeck will not be a production vehicle but its design aesthetic and components will be used in future models.
Honda’s HELLO! Display gathers the miscellaneous hybrid and electric products to be sold through the automaker in the next decade. The EV-Cub electric bike features a dual clutch transmission and light frame for speed freaks looking for cleaner bikes. The LOOP handheld device is touted by Honda as a way for drivers to keep track of fuel levels, mechanical issues and vehicle location from a distance. Honda is also using the HELLO! Display to remind visitors about the FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle already roaming the streets of Japan.
Visitors to Honda’s HELLO! Display and vehicle presentation in Chiba will see the perfect example of how automakers will thrive in the future. Honda is not pushing all of its chips into a single technology nor is it riding the tide of a successful product. This automaker is looking for means of diversifying its green-vehicle fleet while thinking about a seamless transportation infrastructure. While the CR-Z hybrid and the FCX Clarity may get all of the attention, smaller touches like the EV-Cub bike and the LOOP may be more important to creating a sustainable transportation infrastructure in the 21st century and beyond.