Honda Motor Co. has been slower to embrace electrification than different main manufacturers. In truth, the Japanese automaker doesn’t presently provide one electrical automobile in its lineup. But this 12 months, it laid out an bold plan to introduce 30 EVs globally by 2030 with a goal to hit world gross sales of two million EVs, 800,000 of which is able to come from North America.
America Honda Motor Co. tasks the Honda model will promote 500,000 EVs in the identical timeframe, which is lower than half the whole 1.3 million automobiles it bought in 2021. The Acura model has not been particular about future EV gross sales, solely saying it should pivot aggressively and that EVs will possible be upward of 60 p.c of its annual gross sales, which final 12 months totaled 157,408.
Honda model’s North American rollout will happen in three phases. In 2024, it should start promoting the Prologue electrical compact crossover, which can be co-developed with General Motors however sport Honda design inside and outside. In 2026, it should start manufacturing of its personal EVs on a brand new platform referred to as e:Architecture. The following 12 months, it should roll out a collection of “affordable EVs” as a part of one other collaboration with GM.
Honda’s major focus now’s electrifying present merchandise to satisfy new emissions laws and to construct a bridge for its clients to comfortably transfer from gasoline engines to electrical energy. The fashionable Civic compact sedan will get a hybrid variant this 12 months, whereas the hybrid combine for the Accord midsize sedan and CR-V compact crossover will enhance from about 25 p.c now to about half as soon as new variations of the highest sellers are launched within the coming months. Honda has not stated whether or not its redesigned HR-V subcompact crossover will get an electrified variant.
Acura additionally nonetheless has its eye on inside combustion engines in the meanwhile, particularly following the debut of its Integra sedan reboot. Acura is concentrated on promoting Type S variations of its MDX three-row crossover and NSX sports activities automobile.
But Acura will shift extra quickly to EVs than the Honda model, bypassing hybrids altogether. It may also get an Acura-badged Honda-GM EV, which is predicted to be revealed this 12 months in idea type and go on sale in 2024. Acura tasks it should promote 30,000 a 12 months.