Honda Commits to Electrified Future

Honda is aiming to increase its ratio of battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles to 100 per cent of sales by 2040. So said the Japanese manufacturing giant and its President, Toshihiro Mibe, at a press conference held in Tokyo at the end of April.

The company said it is aiming for overall unit sales of these electrified offerings to by at 40 per cent by 2030, 80 per cent by 2035 and 100 per cent by the end of that decade.

And it’s not just Honda’s four-wheel products getting the electrified treatment. The company also aims for significant electrification of its motorcycle products too, saying that it will ‘strive to lead the motorcycle industry at the forefront of its environmental initiatives with an approach which will include not only electrification but also the improvement of the fuel efficiency of gasoline engines, utilisation of biofuels and other strategies.’

As well as enhancing its two-wheel product line-up – with new ‘personal use’ electric bikes due by 2024 – Honda says it will look at strategies such as battery-swapping stations, and working with other OEMs in Japan and Europe to develop battery swapping tech.

The company is currently researching all-solid-state battery technology – a technology that is recognised as one that will offer batteries of higher capacity and lower cost. Honda says it will accelerate this research with an aim to make all-solid-state batteries available for its new models to be introduced in the second half of the 2020s.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (May 2021)

19 May 2021

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