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■N-ONE release and CR-Z partial redesign

● Environmental technologies in the N-ONE

Taking advantage of optimal roof arch placement, we gave the N-ONE, the third N-series model released in November 2012, a thinner roof. This created a lighter upper body and thus lower center of mass, which in turn led to a more stable, linear driving character. Additionally, through straight frame placement, a distinguishing characteristic of the N-ONE's center-tank layout, we improved body rigidity performance compared to conventional frames and enhanced rear stability. Adopting an all-in-one hot stamping and trimming process and other manufacturing technologies, we reduced the body-in-white weight by 10%.
As part of our efforts to reduce the use of four heavy metals (lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and cadmium), which have an adverse effect on the environment and human health, we used mercury- free HID headlamps for the first time in a Honda mini-vehicle.

● CR-Z now with lithium-ion battery

The partially redesigned CR-Z announced in September 2012 was equipped with a lithium-ion battery.the first for a Honda hybrid in Japan.for enhanced motor output. New friction-reduction technologies in the engine and other improvements helped achieve a low fuel efficiency of 23.0 km/litter (JC08 test cycle)1.

1. Type with 16-inch wheels and CVT.

■PHEV/EV demonstration testing in Japan

To identify and remove impediments to the full-scale public adoption of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (PHEVs, EVs), since December 2010, we have been conducting demonstration testing of nextgeneration personal mobility systems in real-life traffic environments in collaboration with Kumamoto Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture, and Saitama City to confirm their potential role in the future of mobility and effectiveness in reducing CO2 emissions.

● Kumamoto Prefecture: Verifying applications and user receptivity

<Government car sharing>

We loaned EVs to Kumamoto Prefecture for use as government vehicles based on the premise that EVs will be well received by governmental organizations, since they typically use vehicles within a limited radius and can guarantee a charging space. We are testing this hypothesis and also studying CO2 emissions-reduction benefits.

<Rental use in tourist hot-spots>

Perceiving the rental car market as an effective means of popularizing EVs and PHEVs, given the relatively short driving distances and high number of users, we are testing EVs and PHEVs for this application mainly in the Aso area of Kumamoto. Activities include the collection and analysis of user data through questionnaires.

<Ride sharing in mountainous areas and on coastal islands>

We loaned EVs to be used as welfare vehicles for the elderly in Amakusa, based on the premise that mountainous and remote island areas can easily benefit from them. We are verifying our hypothesis based on driving and charging histories and user interviews.

● Saitama Prefecture: Verifying utility and convenience

<Government car sharing>

As in Kumamoto Prefecture, we loaned EVs to Saitama Prefecture to verify their CO2 emissions-reduction benefits and utility as government vehicles.

<Park and ride>

We are testing EVs and PHEVs using a solar charging station at Kagohara Station (JR East) in Kumagaya, based on the premise that these vehicles are well suited to park-and-ride commuting applications (in which commuters parks their cars at a public transit connection), which typically involve relatively short drives of a fixed distance.

<"Rail and ride" tours>

Using EVs and PHEVs, we are hosting tours that start from Chichibu Station (Chichibu Railway) and travel in a loop through the scenic Chichibu region, based on the premise that these vehicles are well suited to traveling through mountainous areas given their high torque and regenerative braking capabilities and that the ecofriendliness of a product encourages greater user understanding and satisfaction. Activities include measuring performance such as energy/fuel efficiency and EV cruising distance and collecting user responses.

● Saitama City: Verifying EV receptivity in metropolitan areas for carbon emission reduction

We began verifying a shared ownership model in which individual EV and PHEV users lend their vehicle for use by the local government or company where they work.


N-ONE HID headlamps, the first in a Honda minivehicle


Lithium-ion battery powers the CR-Z, the first for a Honda vehicle in Japan

PHEV demonstration test vehicles (Japanese specifications) based on the U.S. Accord were sequentially lent out to Kumamoto Prefecture (5 cars), Saitama Prefecture (4 cars), and Saitama City (1 car), starting in October 2012

CO2 emission reduction benefit
(Honda estimates)

EV demonstration test vehicles (Japanese specifications) based on the Fit EV were sequentially lent out to Kumamoto Prefecture (5 cars), Saitama Prefecture (4 cars), and Saitama City (1 car), starting in October 2012

CO2 emission reduction benefit
(Honda estimates)

*Inertia weight

At "rail and ride" tours held in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, in October 2012, monitors in 7 EVs and 7 PHEVs enjoyed driving along a roughly 40-kilometer route through the mountains

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