In June, 2022, Honda Group—which includes all of Honda’s numerous entities as a world firm—formally launched the Honda Sustainability Report 2022. This new, 190-page report presents particulars each about what Honda’s been doing since its final sustainability report in 2021—and likewise the place it’s going.
Since we’re RideApart, after all, our main curiosity is within the motorbike aspect of the enterprise—and there are fairly a number of updates to Honda developments we’ve been following over the previous few years. First, although, we should always speak concerning the largest piece of reports.
Remember Honda’s zero-emission plan for all its automobiles by 2040? To additional that objective, Honda simply introduced a objective of getting 15 p.c of bike gross sales, 30 p.c of vehicle gross sales, and 36 p.c of its energy merchandise gross sales be electrical by 2030.
As Honda itself notes elsewhere on this report, that’s one thing of a tall order. It’s already the tip of June, 2022—and the share of electrified product gross sales in every of these classes for this 12 months is pretty minimal.
According to Honda’s personal report, simply 0.01 p.c of its motorbike gross sales in 2022 have been electrical. (To be clear, Honda additionally contains scooters and e-bikes in its electrical motorbike class.) About 0.37 p.c of vehicle gross sales in 2022 have been electrical, and 0.52 p.c of energy product gross sales.
When contemplating these somewhat small numbers, it’s necessary to maintain a little bit of context in thoughts. One, as of late June, 2022, Honda hasn’t been working within the electrical two-wheeler area for very lengthy. That’s a proven fact that moto lovers have lengthy commented on. Of course, Honda isn’t the one legacy OEM to tug its toes on electrification—nevertheless it has undoubtedly been a member of that pack, up till not too long ago. Two, whereas Honda is a world firm, not all its merchandise can be found all over the place—and that’s very true thus far for its electrified merchandise.
However, as Honda makes extra electrical merchandise out there in additional locations, to extra folks, it appears seemingly that extra folks will purchase them if they’ve the chance. Obviously, elements like pricing, availability, and elements availability (because the world continues to grapple with provide chain points) can even play their roles.
Honda Mobile Power Pack Expansion in India
That brings us to a different fascinating piece of reports that Honda revealed on this report. Remember Honda’s Mobile Power Packs? Those are the swappable batteries it’s utilizing in its :e electrical business scooter fleet, the Benly:e, Gyro:e, and Gyro Canopy:e (and why it’s not Benl:e and Canop:e, we’ll by no means know).
Back in June, 2021, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India began testing the HMPP to be used in electrical rickshaws, as a possible swappable battery various. Currently, most rickshaws run on compressed pure gasoline, and the variety of rickshaws working within the nation is estimated at over eight million. Since combustion-powered rickshaws are such a widespread type of transportation, and India is is presently pursuing an aggressive electrification objective, the maths supporting this transfer was fairly clear.
Fast-forward to June, 2022, and Honda introduced that it’s formally launching its personal battery-sharing service for India’s electrical rickshaws. If all goes based on plan, it ought to roll someday within the first half of 2023. Full particulars about rollout plans haven’t been introduced but, however will certainly be introduced within the coming months. Honda additionally plans mass manufacturing of its battery packs to be used in these rickshaws in India.
Honda Sensing 360, Safe and Sound Technology, and Motorcycles
As one other piece in Honda’s sustainability puzzle, the corporate gave just a little extra details about its Sensing 360 and Safe and Sound Technology plans. Honda occupies a reasonably distinctive area, straddling each the motorbike and automobile worlds. That’s why the corporate says it has a singular duty, and set its somewhat excessive objective of lowering visitors collision fatalities involving Honda automobiles to zero by the 12 months 2050. (We’re nonetheless by no means certain that’s potential, as a result of people are gonna human, nevertheless it’s good that Honda is making an attempt.)
While Honda didn’t give specifics about Safe and Sound, it did speak a bit extra about the way it envisions every kind of related gadgets working collectively to speak real-time info in visitors. If you utilize a whole lot of related gadgets in your house, chances are you’ll already reside in a microcosm of the world that Honda is envisioning, the place all of the sensible automobiles talk with one another, with cameras, cell telephones, and a variety of digital gadgets which can be out within the streets each day.
Honda additionally talked about the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) Next in its report, which additionally contains Yamaha Motor Company Limited, BMW Motorrad, KTM AG, and others. The Consortium has been accumulating and analyzing information from motorbike collisions. In FY2023, Honda says, the Consortium will take what it’s realized and provide you with concrete options to forestall motorbike collisions.
Plenty of points nonetheless should be addressed right here, not the least of that are doubtlessly large information mining and privateness issues. However, Honda sees this sort of interwoven community of communication as the way forward for all its automobiles—together with its motorbikes.
Honda’s Motorcycle End-Of-Life Recycling Program
Honda additionally talks about an initiative it joined with different OEMs in Japan, as of October, 2004. These OEMs, together with collaborating motorbike importers, started recycling end-of-life bikes at the moment. Under the scheme, end-of-life bikes have been collected at sellers and at designated assortment factors, after which recycled, freed from cost.
According to Honda’s report, a complete of 1,359 Honda merchandise have been collected and recycled in 2022, which was about 66.2 p.c of all bikes collected that 12 months. When Honda and different OEMs started collaborating on this program in 2004, it was the primary of its variety on the planet—and it’s nonetheless not precisely a standard follow in 2022.
Now, that is most undoubtedly the work of Japan’s 2002 Law for the Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles. That sort of laws isn’t precisely widespread in different places as of 2022. Still, growth of comparable packages elsewhere on the planet—and significantly if a world participant like Honda have been to get entangled—may assist transfer the needle on correctly disposing of automobiles which can be now not usable.