Honda backs hybrid powertrains over electric vehicles

While many car manufacturers around the world are incorporating electric vehicles (EVs) into their fleets in anticipation of the uptake of the electric technology, Honda has gone slightly against the grain, stating they believe hybrid powertrains will be the vehicle type of choice for consumers.

Speaking in a recent interview with Automotive News, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo talked about the issues facing the automotive industry in achieving global uptake of EVs.

“I do not believe there will be a dramatic increase in demand for battery vehicles, and I believe this situation is true globally,” said Mr Hachigo.

“There are issues with infrastructure and hardware.

“There are different regulations in different countries, and we have to abide by them. So, it’s a must to continue R&D, but I don’t believe it will become mainstream anytime soon.”

Hachigo stated that his goal for Honda was to make meaningful cuts to the company’s carbon emissions, rather than investing in and having EVs for the sake of having them.

Honda have previously stated that their aim was to have two-thirds of all sales coming from electrified vehicles by 2030. However, they now believe this figure will likely be made up predominantly from hybrid-model vehicles rather than full-electric.

This doesn’t mean that Honda will give up on EVs altogether, however. The car makers will still target markets with stricter regulations such as Japan and Europe where EVs are expected to be in higher demand.

Australia will get its first taste of Honda’s push to hybrid vehicles later this year when the Accord sedan will be made available in a 1.5-litre turbo or 2.0-litre hybrid edition.

Original source: Caradvice | Honda CEO says ‘EVs will not be mainstream’

13 Nov 2019

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