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Honda may be the next major automaker to announce plans for a new-generation of electric vehicles, with news coming out of Japan that the company is planning to introduce the zero-emission vehicles in the U.S. market by 2015.
The information was first reported by Japan’s Nikkei news daily and followed by a report from Kyodo News. They claim Honda will unveil a prototype of its upcoming electric vehicle at the Tokyo Auto Show in October. The prototype is tipped to fit into the minicar segment and come powered by an electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries.
Key rivals Toyota and Nissan have already unveiled all-electric prototype vehicles, Nissan most recently with its LEAF, which will go on sale in the U.S. late next year.
Honda, on the other hand, has been concentrating on gasoline-electric as well as hydrogen fuel-cell models. Already on sale is the hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity and next year we should see two brand new Honda gasoline-electric models in the form of the CR-Z and Fit hybrids.