Honda and Acura right this moment introduced new electrical car plans. The firm at the moment has six Honda and Acura electrified car on the market within the U.S.: Honda Insight, Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda CR-V Hybrid, Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, Honda Clarity Fuel Cell and Acura NSX.
Honda revealed that the title of its first all-electric SUV will likely be “Prologue” and promised that it’ll arrive on dealership heaps in early 2024. The Acura SUV, but unnamed, will debut across the identical time.
“Our first volume Honda BEV will begin our transition to electrification and the name Honda Prologue signals the role it will play in leading to our zero-emission future,” mentioned Dave Gardner, govt vice chairman of American Honda. “The Prologue will provide our customers with a battery-electric SUV with the excellent functionality and packaging they’ve come to expect from Honda.”
Honda has lengthy had electrified autos in its steady. The EV Plus electrical car arrived in 1997 and the Insight grew to become America’s first hybrid in 1999.
Flash ahead to right this moment and the corporate is extensively considered being behind in electrified car expertise as rivals have already got fully-electric fashions as a part of their lineup. Honda’s present U.S. engine lineup consists primarily of turbocharged and naturally-aspirated four-cylinders, like these discovered within the new Civic Hatchback, and the time-tested V6 that may be present in Passport, Ridgeline, Pilot, and Odyssey autos.
Despite this, Honda’s present car lineup delivers the very best fleet common gas financial system and lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any main full-line automaker in America in keeping with knowledge supplied by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In April 2021, Honda’s CEO Toshihiro Mibe revealed the corporate’s imaginative and prescient for cargo neutrality together with merchandise and company actions. Honda and Acura car gross sales in North America are anticipated to by 40 p.c of the full by 2030, 80 p.c by 2035, and one hundred pc by 2040.
“We know customers who have a good experience with a hybrid vehicle are more likely to buy a battery electric vehicle in the future,” mentioned Gardner. “Our strategy is focused on introducing a higher percentage of hybrids in core models in the near term, making a committed effort to achieve higher volume leading to the introduction of our Honda Prologue.”
To advance their electrification technique, Honda entered right into a strategic partnership settlement with General Motors to make the most of the automaker’s electrical car structure and Ultium batteries.
In the second-half of the last decade will see the launch of further EV fashions based mostly on Honda’s forthcoming e:Architecture.
Honda autos are offered by way of greater than 1,000 unbiased U.S. sellers.