Two Thirds of Honda Cars to Get Electrified Powertrains by 2025
Honda boss, Katsushi Inoue, has revealed key details of the brand’s new so-called ‘Electric Vision’.
The Japanese manufacturer is committing itself to an electric future in Europe, with a specific aim to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025. The announcement suggests that Europe will become the forefront of Honda’s global electric vehicle strategy.
“We will leverage Honda’s global R&D resources to accelerate the introduction of a full portfolio of advanced, electrified powertrains for the European customer,” said Inoue.
Honda’s focus on electrification in Europe will initially be driven by a roll-out of hybrid technology across its vehicle range. The first new hybrid model, which will feature Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, will go on sale in 2018.
Honda will also make plug-in hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles commercially available to European customers.
The brand’s new Clarity Fuel Cell model was recently on show at the Geneva motor show, following the arrival of the first cars in Europe at the end of last year. The Clarity Fuel Cell is claimed to be the world’s most advanced fuel cell vehicle and delivers a maximum range of 435 miles.
The announcement of the electric vehicle strategy for Europe comes just weeks after Honda was confirmed as the fastest growing mainstream car brand in the region in 2016. The full-year data from European industry body ACEA shows that total sales for Honda in EU and EFTA countries in 2016 were 159,126 units to the end of December, an increase of 20.8% per cent compared to same period in 2015. Honda’s growth outpaced the results for the EU passenger car market as a whole, which saw a year-on-year increase of 6.8% per cent.