Honda has committed to making 100% of its European car sales electrified by 2025. The Japanese automaker also announced new partnerships that will expand its portfolio of energy management products and services.
Honda made an ambitious announcement at the Geneva motor show last week: the Japanese automaker has committed to make 100 per cent of its European sales electrified by 2025. The announcement builds on the company’s 2017 commitment to move two-thirds of its sales to electrified powertrains by 2025, and puts it on course to achieve its global electrification transformation as part of its 2030 vision.
“Since we made that first pledge in March 2017, the shift towards electrification has gathered pace considerably,” said Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe. “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.”
At the Geneva motor show, Honda unveiled the car preview of its first production battery electric vehicle for the European market. Described as an “urban commuter”, the car boasts a range of over 200 kilometres and a fast charge functionality that can provide 80 per cent range in just 30 minutes. Consumers can place reservations for the car in early summer in selected European markets.
Honda also announced new partnerships to help build its portfolio of energy management products and services. One is with Moixa, a company that specialises in what is known as resource aggregator technology, which allows customers to benefit from sharing the control and capacity of their EV battery. The other partnership is with Ubitricity, a charging solutions supplier that has developed an innovative approach to on-street charging in urban areas.
“This is a significant move for Honda, our intention is to deliver industry-leading innovation by launching energy services…to create additional value for power system operators and EV customers alike,” explained Gardner.
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