Honda is furthering its Electrification Initiative and will soon be adding to its family of electrified vehicles as well as expanding the usage of its Honda two-motor hybrid powertrain.
Expanding the Electrified Lineup
Honda has announced that a new, American-made, dedicated Honda hybrid vehicle will launch in 2018 across the United States.
Use of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain will also be increasing in the near future. While currently only Honda passenger cars are available as hybrid models, future plans are to expand Honda’s hybrid technology to the family of Honda light trucks.
Details have not yet been released regarding which of Honda’s light-truck vehicles will receive hybrid applications. Automotive experts have made a case that the Honda CR-V would be an ideal candidate for hybrid technology, as a CR-V Hybrid could compete with the Toyota RAV4 hybrid model. Another likely candidate for hybrid application is the Honda Odyssey minivan. An Odyssey Hybrid could take on Chrysler’s recently released Pacifica minivan hybrid model. A hybrid version of the Honda Odyssey already exists in the Japanese market, further making a case for a potential Honda Odyssey Hybrid.
These forthcoming additions are in keeping with Honda’s ambitious goals to have two-thirds of the company’s sales come from electrified vehicles by the year 2030 and to reduce total C02 emissions by 50% by the year 2050.
Honda reports that about half of its all-new models launching in the U.S. in the next two years will have some kind of electric-drive technology.
Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup currently includes models like the Honda Accord Hybrid, the CR-Z Hybrid, and the Clarity Fuel Cell, with two other Clarity models, the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, due to be launched in 2017.
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