HONDA TO LAUNCH PLUG-IN HYBRID IN 2013
It’s been a time of turmoil for Honda lately, with the company doubling down on hybrids and pulling back on its clean-diesel efforts. The company will introduce both a plug-in hybrid and a fully electric car for the 2013 model year. The electric car will be offered in the U.S. market first, to compete against such upcoming entries as the 2011 Nissan Leaf.
By 2013, the company plans to have no fewer than five hybrids for sale. It now offers the 2010 Honda Civic Hybrid sedan and the Insight dedicated hybrid hatchback. Its 2011 CR-Z hybrid two-seat sports car arrives this summer. The fourth model is expected to be a hybrid version of the Fit subcompact, but no details have come to light yet on the fifth and final hybrid.
2011 KARMA PLUG-IN SEDAN
The 2011 Karma sedan is claimed to travel 50 miles solely on electric power from a 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. After that, it will do a further 250 miles on electricity provided by a range-extending 2.0-liter GM Ecotec direct-injected four-cylinder engine.
Two 150-kilowatt electric motors drive the rear wheels of the plug-in luxury sports sedan. Fisker Automotive says the 0-to-62-mph time is roughly 6 seconds, and top speed will exceed 125 miles per hour.