Honda Motor Co. President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo announced at the Honda Meeting 2017, his company's future direction into electrification with a focus on plug-in hybrids.
All-New Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid At NY Auto Show Debut (Photo: InsideEVs/Sebastion Blanco)
Two-thirds of total Honda car sales to be electrified models by 2030.
The plug-in hybrids in this strategy will be equipped with a new powertrain unique to Honda.
The Japanese manufacturer intends also to continue further work on all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars (naturally).
New plug-in models and an electric scooter to be introduced in 2018.
4. Enhancing the introduction of electrification technologies
- We strive to electrify two-thirds of global automobile unit sales in 2030.
- Our development will put a central focus on hybrid-based models utilizing a high-efficiency plug-in hybrid system unique to Honda.
- As for zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), we will strengthen the development of electric vehicles (battery EV) in addition to fuel cell vehicles (FCV).
- Battery EV: In addition to a China-exclusive model scheduled to go on sale in 2018, a dedicated EV model for other regions are also currently under development. We will introduce this model at an auto show this fall.
- In order to further increase development speed, we are strengthening our system and capability for the development of electrified vehicles. In October of last year, we established within Honda R&D an Electric Vehicle Development Division, a specialized team which will be in charge of developing the entire vehicle including the powertrain and body.
- We are striving to promote the electrification of commuter models, and we are planning to introduce some new models including an electric scooter in 2018.
- We are currently working on the research and development of a highly-convenient system for electric commuters, which feature a detachable mobile battery that is easy to replace and/or recharge. We are considering to conduct demonstration testing of this mobile battery in collaboration with the Japan Post Co., Ltd. in Japan.