Honda Aims to Offer Only Electrified Models in Europe by 2025
【Summary】Honda made a surprise announcement today at the Geneva Motor Show saying it plans to only offer electrified models in Europe by 2025. Models include plug-in hybrids and fully-electric models. Honda’s European plans are part of a larger initiative the automaker first announced in 2017.
Honda made a surprise announcement today at the Geneva Motor Show saying it plans to only offer electrified models in Europe by 2025. Models include plug-in hybrids and fully-electric models. Honda also announced that its "e Prototype", a retro-styled electric vehicle, will go on sale in Europe later this year.
Honda's European plans are part of a larger initiative the automaker first announced in 2017, to have two thirds of its global sales electrified models by 2025. The move is part of Honda's 2030 Vision Plan to advance mobility, developing technologies such as robotics, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence in vehicles producing zero emissions.
Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, said, "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."
The Honda ePrototype features a panoramic dash display. (Photo: Honda Motor Co.)
New emissions regulations for vehicle in Europe are forcing automakers to introduce new electric models while phasing out vehicles powered by high-polluting diesel engines.
In Dec 2018, representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Council agreed on setting binding carbon dioxide (CO2) emission targets for new passenger cars and light-commercial vehicles for 2025 and 2030. The goal is to reduce the average CO2 emissions from new cars by 15 percent in 2025 and by 37.5 percent in 2030. For commercial vehicles, a 15 percent target for 2025 and a 31 percent reduction by 2030 was agreed upon.
To coincide with today's announcement, Honda debuted its latest e Prototype EV. The e Prototype is Honda's first production, fully-electric vehicle for the European market.
Honda intends to market the real-wheel drive EV as a urban commuter, with a competitive range of over 200 km (124 miles) and a ‘fast charge' capability that charges the vehicle's battery to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.
The production version of the e Prototype will be unveiled later this year. Buyers in the U.S. won't see it though, the electric car is only planned for the European market.
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