Honda micro Acty truck perfect for North America EV platform
In a world obsessed with high mpg ratings and low carbon footprint, why hasn't Honda introduced a gas, hybrid or electric Acty truck or van to the North America market?
Although the Acty is small by domestic standards,(74.8” wheel base) its utility is large, and implied application unlimited. Measuring ¾ the length of a 2014 Civic, finding a parking place for the Acty is not problematic.
Designed for moving in and out of big intercity traffic or bouncing down a dirt road in 4x4 mode, the Acty’s 660 c.c. straight 3 fuel injected single cam produces 53 h.p. and 35 lbs torque at 5,000 rpm while sipping gasoline. Well, sort of…
In its present internal combustion mode, the Honda Acty averages 32 mpg with individuals reporting 50 mpg. Remember, these micro trucks are used almost exclusively for stop and go city freight delivery. The focus has not been on fuel economy but rather return on initial investment, low operational cost and reliability.
This is the perfect venue for Honda’s “Earth Dreams” hybrid engine/motor propulsion drive. Let’s do it. The question is, can Honda produce an affordable EV or Hybrid on this world chassis?