Honda Unleashes Everus EV Concept for China-based Consumers
【Summary】Unlike most concept cars released during auto exhibits, the Everus EV concept could end up being a real, usable vehicle. During the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, Honda revealed it intends to produce the EV.
Honda is ready to get serious about EVs. At the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, the car manufacturer showcased a unique EV concept for Chinese consumers. Called the Everus EV concept, the car was made via a partnership between Honda and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC).
GAC is the sixth largest manufacturer of passenger and commercial vehicles in China. The collaboration is required, under the country's current foreign policies and guidelines, which provides a path for Honda to offer its automotive products in China.
"Everus is the name of GAC Honda's EV venture, and the car is a joint development with Honda's Guangzhou R&D center, Honda Motor China Technology Co, and GAC Honda, which itself is a joint venture between Honda and the Chinese GAC Group," said Antti Kautonen from Auto Blog.
Everus EV Concept
Honda failed to reveal the technical specs of the EV. However, based on its existing lineup of vehicles, one can see where the auto manufacturer is going with the concept. At first glance, the Everus looks very similar to the company's HR-V crossover, which is being sold in the US.
When it comes to range, a viable comparison would be Honda's Clarity Electric. The all-electric unit comes with a range of 89 miles (EPA rated) per charge. It is expected for the carmaker to offer the same or better range capabilities, in order to compete with local EV manufacturers in China.
Production and Car-sharing
Unlike most concept cars released during auto exhibits, the Everus EV concept could end up being a real, usable vehicle. During the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, Honda revealed it intends to produce the EV. The automaker is aiming to release the unit in local Chinese showrooms by the end of 2018 (most likely early 2019). The EV will be developed on its own brand, under GAC Honda.
Interestingly, the carmaker has big plans for the Everus. In 2017, the company announced an investment in Reachstar, a Beijing-based business that specializes in car-sharing services. Honda plans to offer the EV with shared capabilities under Reachstar.
"It's entirely possible that Honda's rushing to develop the concept so it can jumpstart its new Everus EV brand with venture partner, Chinese automaker GAC," explained Kirby Garlitos from Top Speed.
"Given how crowded this market is expected to be in the coming years, Honda's not messing around anymore."
According to previous reports, GAC is on track to entering the US automotive market. The business plans to roll out new vehicles in the country in 2019. The first vehicle that will be released by the Chinese automaker for US customers will be the GS8 SUV.
A next-generation version is currently in the works, which will feature new designs to meet the needs of local buyers. GAC may collaborate with Fiat Chrysler to sell the SUV, allowing it to tap into the company's network of US-based dealers.
Earlier this year, GAC unveiled the GA8 luxury sedan at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The vehicle comes with an in-car refrigerator and a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.
Michael Cheng is a legal editor and technical writer with publications for Blackberry ISHN Magazine Houzz and Payment Week. He specializes in technology business and digesting hard data. Outside of work Michael likes to train for marathons spend time with his daughter and explore new places.
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