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by Ross Darby November 2011

This year marks the 42nd year the Tokyo Auto Show has been held, and Honda plans to celebrate as such. The automaker plans on keeping things electric this year by debuting a plug-in hybrid and two EV concepts. Details are scant, but here's what Honda had to say about them.

The plug-in hybrid, named AC-X, is built specifically to be an all-around car. Featuring two drive modes, the car will give the driver the opportunity to choose what type of driving the car should provide. An "engine drive mode" gives the gasoline motor the bias, providing for a peppier, more traditional drive. If the driver wants the car to decide on what type of driving, and fuel efficiency, should be used, there's also the "automatic drive mode." This mode provides a more typical hybrid experience, letting the car shuffle power around from the gasoline engine to the electric engines, and vice versa.

The two EV concepts show two different approaches to the green technology. The Micro Commuter Concept is the approach that most manufacturers are taking, with small dimensions, and urban driving in mind. Honda promises it will offer an entirely new type of communications between multiple Micro Commuter Concepts, but that remains to be seen.

The Small Sports EV Concept promises to live up to its name, although that name is tentative. Honda plans to instill it with all the sporting pretenses, and hopes to make electric fun, while still being environmentally friendly.

Honda will also have its FCX Clarity, which has already proven its mettle in those places that actually have Hydrogen filling stations, like California. There also should be lots of two-wheeled electric concepts on hand, one specifically meant to be stored in the Micro Commuter Concept to escort you on the remainder of your journey once you've parked the car.

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