Honda will launch 6 electrified models by 2022
Honda is further accelerating its electrification plans for Europe by moving forward its goal for all of its European mainstream models to feature electrified powertrains by 2022.
The new target announced during an "Electric Vision" event in Amsterdam, is three years ahead of the previously announced 2025 goal, demonstrating the confidence Honda has in its electric and hybrid powertrain technology.
This acceleration will see 6 electrified models launched over the next 36 months, with the Honda e and new hybrid-only Jazz leading the way.
Honda also revealed its new "e: Technology" branding, which will unify all electrified products from across the business under the same global name. For automobiles, as well as signifying the environmentally-friendly credentials of the product, the badging will denote the type of powertrain; Jazz will be the first vehicle to carry the "e:HEV" branding, standing for "Hybrid Electric Vehicle".
Unlike traditional hybrids, where the electric motor assists the engine, in e:HEV system the engine produces electricity which assists the motor. The result is the smooth ride and crisp acceleration of an electric vehicle.
Away from announcements about its automobile range, Honda also revealed the next step in its energy management business for Europe by announcing a collaboration with Vattenfall. This collaboration will allow Honda to provide the world's first flexible energy contract specifically tailored for electric vehicle owners in Europe.
The partnership marks a key milestone for Honda in the development of the energy management solutions business that represents an important pillar of its "Electric Vision" strategy in Europe. The tariffs – available to owners of any brand of electric vehicle – also promote the use of electricity generated through renewable sources including hydropower and wind farms.
This service will initially be launched in the UK and Germany in 2020, with other European countries to follow.