Honda announces EV shift
Honda has announced it is accelerating its shift to electric vehicles.
In 2017 it said its aim was for electric vehicles to contribute two thirds of global sales by 2025. Honda has now announced it will move 100% of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025.
Tom Gardner, senior vice president, Honda Motor Europe, said, 'Environmental challenges continue to drive demand for cleaner mobility. Technology marches on unrelenting and people are starting to shift their view of the car itself.'
The brand has also unveiled its e Prototype. The car previews Honda's first production battery electric vehicle for the European market. Positioned as an urban commuter, the car features a range of over 200km and a 'fast charge' functionality providing 80% range in just 30 minutes.
To date Honda has received 15,000 registrations of interest for the Honda e Prototype.
Early in 2019, Honda successfully launched the all-new CR-V Hybrid, featuring its two-motor i-MMD full hybrid technology. Honda expects full hybrid technology to play a key role in meeting its aims of 100% electrification by 2025.
Honda also intends to build a portfolio of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.
Tom continued, 'This is a significant move for Honda, our intention is to deliver industry-leading innovation by launching energy services...to create additional value for power system operators and EV customers alike.'