Honda is intensifying their electrification strategy in Europe: The Japanese manufacturer is now announcing that 100 percent of its new vehicles sold in Europe will be equipped with an electrified drive system by 2025. The strategy extends Honda’s “Electric Vision” announced in 2017.
The original plan was to electrify two thirds of all new vehicles in Europe by 2025. According to the Japanese, hybrid drives should also play an “important role” in the amended plan. As an example, they cite the CR-V hybrid launched at the beginning of this year, which is based on Honda’s twin-engine i-MMD hybrid technology.
Meanwhile at the Geneva Motor Show, the e Prototype, a near-series version of the first all-electric Honda model for the European market, is celebrating its trade fair premiere. According to the manufacturer, interested parties can now register on the Honda website to receive updates on the BEV, for which reservations will be accepted in selected European markets from early summer. Honda says it has received 15,000 expressions of interest for the e Prototype to date.
In addition, there have been reports that Honda intends to use the e prototype platform for further compact electric models. One of these is to be the series version of the Honda Sports EV Concept electric sports car presented at the end of 2017.