Honda Exec Confirms “Expedited” EV Will Launch In China Next Year
Yasuhide Mizuno, Honda’s China chief, revealed from the Shanghai Auto Show this month that an all-electric car for the Chinese market is expected to enter expedited production by the end of 2018.
Honda said that the reason behind the quick introduction of the all-electric vehicle is growing demand (go figure that, as the country has just now passed 1 million plug-in vehicles sold, with more than 500,000 moved in 2016).
However, taking into consideration the historical reluctance of the Japanese company and plug-in technology, we think it likely has more to do with the Chinese government’s mandated requirement for each automaker to sell at least 8% New Energy Vehicles (plug-in vehicles) annually.
After the all-electric Honda in 2018, a plug-in hybrid model will follow, but no further details on that vehicle was given.
In the U.S., Honda is gearing up to expand its Honda Clarity Fuel Cell offering to include BEV and PHEV variants.