Honda announced today at Geneva that they are accelerating their electric ambitions. The company has plans to move all of its sales in Europe to electric powertrains. This also puts the company’s 2030 vision to the front lines.
Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, said, “Since we made that first pledge in March 2017, the shift towards electrification has gathered pace considerably. 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.”
Honda also unveiled the e Prototype – the first production battery electric vehicle for the European market. It is positioned as an urban commuter. It also features a range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality providing 80% range in just 30 minutes. The production variant will make its appearance later this year. Honda has already received over 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. The brand expects full hybrid technology to play a key role in meeting its aims of 100% electrification by 2025.
Honda also has agreements with two companies – Moxia and Ubitricity. Moxia specializes in ‘resource aggregator‘ technology, allowing customers to benefit from sharing the control and capacity of their EV battery. Ubitricity is a leading supplier of charging solutions, including an innovative approach to on-street charging in urban areas.
The company next wants to study feasibility for its technologies in London, UK and Offenbach, Germany. Further developments are expected to be announced later this year.
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