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Honda Announces New EV and Plug-in Hybrid by 2018

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/14/2015 Karla Sanchez

Not only did Honda show off the FCV concept at the 2015 Detroit show, but it also announced a new electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid will be coming by 2018.

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Honda didn't say much else about its future cars, but we can begin to speculate that the new electric car could possibly be the new Fit EV. The old Fit EV was killed off for 2015 after the all-new Fit joined the lineup just last year, and since the subcompact car has been such a hit, it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring a new electrified version to the market to compete with other affordable electrics like the Soul EV and the newly revealed Chevrolet Bolt. A new plug-in hybrid will be another green addition to the lineup, which will only continue to get greener since the automaker also revealed it plans on using more of its two- and three-motor hybrid systems in the coming years.

Honda FCV Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Honda FCV Concept Meanwhile, the FCV concept previews some of the styling we can expect to see on the next-gen Honda fuel cell vehicle that's set to replace the FCX Clarity that was discontinued for 2015. Honda says the new fuel cell vehicle is expected to have a range over 300 miles, and that it can be refueled in as little as three minutes. The fuel cell stack fits under the hood, and even though it's 33 percent smaller than the FCX Clarity, its power density has increased 60 percent. The new car will also be spacious enough to accommodate five passengers, and will feature futuristic styling similar to that of the FCV concept, though it most likely won't look as wild. Honda says the fuel cell car will arrive in the U.S. after it launches in Japan in March 2016.

Honda FCV Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Honda FCV Concept The company isn't just focused on hybrids and electrics, as it also announced it'll be introducing new VTEC turbo engines. The four-cylinder VTEC turbos will utilize the automaker's Earth Dreams tech and will be as sporty as they are efficient. Production of the new VTEC engines will begin later this year at Honda's Anna, Ohio, engine plant, and will debut later in 2015.

Honda Announces New EV and Plug-in Hybrid by 2018

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