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Honda’s electric future isn’t entirely boring

There are two sports cars in the works

Honda wants its entire product line to be carbon-neutral. IMAGE FROM HONDA

When carmakers say that they will move to all-electric vehicles, thoughts of boring automobiles come to mind. That is probably the case with Honda, which announced the shift to a zero-emission product range by 2040. However, the company says that it is not letting go of its sporting heritage entirely.

Honda’s transition away from internal-combustion engines is a rather complex process. To make the story short, the firm will be doing the following to make sure it achieves its goal without delay:

  • Reduce the number of trim levels for global models;
  • Introduce a variety of zero-emission solutions such as hydrogen and swappable batteries; and
  • Reorganize current product organizations into specialized core divisions.
The company's numerous divisions will be consolidated into specialty groups. IMAGE FROM HONDA

Honda is also currently exploring the possibility of building its own factory to supply batteries to its future crop of EVs. In the meantime, it will partner with various local suppliers to provide cells for its upcoming crop of products (General Motors in the US, Contemporary Amperex Technology Company in China, and Envision AESC in Japan).

The upcoming e:Architecture will give birth to 30 EV models. IMAGE FROM HONDA

Speaking of EVs, Honda will debut two electric SUVs in the US in 2024 (the Prologue and its equivalent Acura model). In the same year, a commercial EV model will be introduced in Japan. As for China, it will receive 10 new EV models in 2027.

Standardization is one way to reduce operating and production costs, and 2026 will see the introduction of the e:Architecture in partnership with GM. This will allow Honda to create a wide variety of EV models ranging from electric kei cars to luxury vehicles in 2030.

Could one of the cars under wraps be the NSX's electric successor? PHOTO FROM HONDA

Speaking of the model range, it will be capped by not just one but two sports models. With the recent end in the production of the NSX hybrid supercar, it will be interesting to see Honda’s take on a fun-to-drive zero-emission vehicle.

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.