As confirmed by Ian Howells, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe, in an interview with the British media Coach, the Japanese manufacturer will stop selling combustion cars in Europe by the end of 2022. From then on, Honda’s car pool will be made up of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Hybrid vehicles will serve as a transition. Honda aspires to make the future fully electric, but there is still a lot to do in terms of technology, pricing and infrastructure. In addition, Howells believes that there are other technologies that can also play a role, such as e-fuels or hydrogen.
De ICE a BVE
At the last 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Honda said that his plans were that all the cars of the brand for Europe were electrified in 2025But based on Howells’ statements, it appears that those plans have been advanced. As far as the global market is concerned, expected that two-thirds of Honda cars are electrified by 2030.
However, from Honda they are aware that there are currently certain limitations. One is the price, and that is Howells claims that electric cars are “30% to 50% more expensive than conventional or hybrid vehicles. “In any case, hybrids also have some limitations, which is why they will serve as a means of transition. In Howells’ words, they will serve as a bridge until” reaching the point where the technology behind batteries and infrastructure is in place. “
The Honda e is the first fully electric car that Honda has launched in Europe
Honda has already shown its first commitment to electric cars for Europe, the Honda e. It is a vehicle with a 35.5 kWh battery and 220 kilometers of autonomy that arrived in Spain in its Advance version for 37,800 euros, a price to which the aid from the MOVES Plan. Another interesting aspect is its fast charge, which allows you to charge 80% of the battery in 30 minutes with the brand’s chargers.
It is expected that by 2022 Honda launches up to four electrified cars, including a hybrid version of the Honda Civic and a three-door SUV that we now know as Honda SUV e:concept, plus a second fully electric vehicle in 2022.
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