Honda was among the pioneers of hybrid drive technology along with Toyota, but lagged behind other manufacturers who had previously invested heavily in the development of fully electric vehicles. New Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe has announced that he wants to team up with someone with more experience in the field.
Mibe wants Honda to switch completely to electric cars by 2040, and only large vehicles could use hydrogen fuel cells instead of massive batteries. Honda currently offers only one electric model – Honudu e, which is sold only in Europe.
Despite many qualities, the model does not sell well due to low autonomy. Honda is now planning 10 new electric models in the next five years.
Honda intends to expand its partnership with General Motors in developing models for the North American market. These cars will share a platform, electrified, electric or SUS drive. In addition, it was announced to strengthen cooperation with other manufacturers, especially with Mazda, and the focus will be on electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology.
Mibe said that through the partnership with General Motors, he wants to achieve the sustainability of business in North America, so that after the initial period, Honda could present its original products, which do not include only electric vehicles.
Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.
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