Honda 100% Electric in Europe by 2025
Honda announced at the Geneva motor show this week the further acceleration of its electrification ambitions. It announced its intention for all vehicles to be 100% Electric by 2025. This is an increase on the two-thirds target announced in 2017. This places Europe at the forefront of Honda’s global electrification plan announced as part of its 2030 vision.
Speaking at the press conference, Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, stated, “…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 e Prototype unveiled for first time
Honda also unveiled the e Prototype for the first time in Geneva. The car previews Honda’s first production battery electric vehicle for the European market. Positioned as an urban commuter, the car has a range of over 200km and fast charge functionality providing 80% range in just 30 minutes.
The car features sporty rear wheel drive and Honda driving dynamics. The production version will be unveiled later this year. Customers will be able to place a reservation in early summer this year. For now they can register for updates on the Honda website. To date Honda has 15,000 registrations of interest for the Honda e Prototype.
Honda to roll out full hybrid technology
Early in 2019, Honda launched the all-new CR-V Hybrid. This featured it’s 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 intends to build a range of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.
Tom Gardner said, “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.”
Honda has also announced an agreement with two external partners:
- Moixa, a company who specialise in ‘resource aggregator‘ technology, allowing customers to benefit from sharing the control and capacity of their EV battery
- Ubitricity, a leading supplier of charging solutions, including an innovative approach to on-street charging in urban areas.
The next step is to embark upon feasibility studies for its technologies in London, UK and Offenbach, Germany. Further developments are expected to be announced later this year.