No plans for Honda CR-Z Si or electric vehicle U.S. launch in August

1110264885986966158 300x199 No plans for Honda CR Z Si or electric vehicle U.S. launch in August

In an effort to make the CR-Z even less exciting, Honda has announced their will be no Si or EV variants.

Speaking with InsideLine, Honda’s U.S. executive vice president of sales, John Mendel, confirmed a CR-Z Si would not be launched this summer and is not currently planned for production. When asked about the possibility of a CR-Z EV, Mendel commented “I don’t think that there are plans to make this vehicle a pure electric.”

More importantly, when the CR-Z is launched in the United States, on August 24, it will not be eligible for federal tax credits. This is a bit of a bummer, but as Mendel explains, “The limit per car company is 60,000 hybrids, and we passed that long ago.” This means pricing will start under $20,000 and top out at $24,000 for a fully-loaded model.

As we have previously reported, the CR-Z features a 1.5-liter petrol engine and Honda’s IMA parallel hybrid system. Producing a combined 122 hp (91 kW / 124 PS) and 128 lb-ft (174 Nm) of torque, the hybrid is expected to return 31/37 mpg (36/38 mpg with the CVT).

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