Honda SUV e:concept electric car unveiled at Beijing motor show

Honda has taken the wraps off an electric SUV concept, hinting that a larger zero-emissions model could join its range alongside the e city car

Honda SUV e:concept

Honda has revealed an electric SUV concept car at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in China. The concept, called simply the 'SUV e:concept' is said to indicate "the direction of a future mass-production model of the Honda brand’s first electric vehicle to be introduced in China".

There's no word on whether such a model would come to Europe or the UK, although the global popularity of the SUV bodystyle, and the importance of existing SUV models like the HR-V and CR-V in Honda's current UK line-up, suggests it's a strong possibility.

Technical details concerning the SUV e:concept are thin on the ground, but it almost certainly employs a larger battery than the Honda e's 35.5kWh unit, which gives that small city car a relatively modest range of around 130 miles in ideal conditions.

Also shown at the Beijing event was a plug-in hybrid version of the CR-V for the Chinese market, badged 'CR-V Sport Hybrid e+'. Again, there's no indication that this will come to Europe or the UK.