Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo says that the Japanese automakers will soon enter the alternative propulsion arena in a big way.
According to Hachigo, Honda's goal for 2030 is to have fully two-thirds or more of its U.S. Honda and Acura sales be from hybrids, plug-in hybrids (of core models), electric and fuel cell vehicles (of which the Clarity Fuel Cell was recently priced from $369/month).
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For Honda-Acura, that would translate to roughly 1 million sales per year in the U.S. of these alt-fuel vehicles.
"For the U.S. as well, we will be deploying plug-ins as the core and bringing in other electrified technology. The ratio will be far higher in the U.S."
Why the turn towards electrification? According to Honda, the main force behind this switch to electric is increasingly stringent emissions standards. At least he's honest.
Automotive News states:
"The U.S. rollout begins with a new plug-in hybrid sedan arriving in 2017, he added. It is expected to be part of a trio of Clarity-badged green cars. That lineup kicks off with this year's arrival of the Clarity hydrogen fuel cell sedan. An all-electric Clarity will join later. A hybrid Civic and possibly a hybrid CR-V crossover are also likely to arrive by the end of the decade."
2030 is a long ways off, but at least we'll see some electrified Hondas hit the market much sooner than that.
Source: Automotive News