PHOTO CAPTION: Jamie Lee Curtis takes delivery of second FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle in USA.

Honda Reserves Judgement on Electric Cars, As GM Rolls Out Volt

Honda is focusing on affordable gasoline-electric hybrids and fuel cell technology. Pictured is actress/author Jamie Lee Curtis, the second USA customer to lease the FCX Clarity fuel cell sedan. Photo credit:Alex Berliner Berliner Studio/BEImages

Published: 17-Sep-2008

TORONTO -- As General Motors Corp. prepares to show the world today what its much-hyped plug-in electric car will look like, a key rival said it is steering away from plug-ins because the battery technology that powers them is lagging.

"For battery-powered vehicles to become more widespread, more popular in the market, we feel battery technology needs to advance further," Masaaki Kato, president of Honda Motor Co.'s research unit, told Bloomberg in an interview.

"We just don't see it providing the type of driving performance you get with a gasoline-powered vehicle."


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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