Honda has become the latest carmaker to launch an electric brand in China with the Everus SUV concept EV. Although simply a demonstration of what’s to come, it publicises a project that Honda and its Chinese venture partner, GAC, have been working on.
The first model to come from Everus will take influence from this concept and be available both for private purchase and via car-sharing platform Reachstar – a Chinese company that Honda is investing in. This concept’s design mixes existing Honda features – such as a strip that connects the front headlights and strong bodyline along the side – with brand-new ones. The front grille features cascading openings and there are blue flashes on the nose and side sills.
No technical details for it have been released, but the concept is part of Honda’s wider plans to put 20 electrified vehicles into production by 2020; thus suggesting that hardware may be shared with the brand's other models.
Even though the Everus EV will remain a China-only model, Honda will introduce its well-received Urban EV hatchback sometime next year. That upcoming hatchback will use a high-density lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and energy transfer functions both to and from the vehicle.
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