As part of boosting hybrid plug-in vehicles, Honda said that it wants electrified vehicles to make up two-thirds of its global sales by 2030. The goal is nothing new. It was earlier announced in 2016. What’s new is that Honda’s plan to emphasize more on plug-in hybrids over electric vehicles in the next decade.
Takahiro Hachigo, Honda CEO, in a recent interview with media, pointed to the issues regarding infrastructure and hardware. At the same time, he announces that he believes there will be a dramatic increase in demand for battery vehicles. And the situation will become true globally.
Hachigo again comments that research & development is imperative to meet the regulations of various countries and regions. But he doesn’t believe that they’ll go mainstream anytime soon. What’s not clear from that statement is where that puts the company’s fully electric vehicle platform. At present, Honda’s U.S.-sized EVs are under development for release by the middle part of the decade.
Focus Shifts from EVs to Honda Plug-in Hybrids
Honda’s new global vehicle architecture, due to launch starting later this year, aims to simplify production by dividing vehicles into different zones.
The CEO’s statements for the U.S. seems like a validation of recent moves rather than any sudden change of course. The company decides not to bring its Honda E-hatchbacks to the United States but launches in UK and Germany. And, it also isn’t bringing the latest hybrid version of the Honda Fit to this market for now.
Hachigo might be onto something though. If the strong sales of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid are any gauge, bringing the Honda CR-V hybrid to the U.S. this spring will likely make a bigger impact on cutting the real-world carbon footprint of its new-vehicle fleet.
Earlier the media report explains that the next-generation fuel-cell system by Honda and General Motor’s joint venture will go on sale in 2020. Honda’s approach will position plug-in hybrids at the core of electrification in the future. It means that the company is likely to offer only a single battery-electric model shortly.
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