Honda To Launch Dedicated EV This Year, Deliver Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles In 2025
Hachigo remarked this past week in Tochigi, Japan, “We identified the introduction of electrification technologies and advanced safety technologies as our highest priorities and we are working proactively on them. The speed of evolution in these areas has been accelerating and we need to solidify our initiatives.”
Why is Honda so late to the electric and self-driving vehicle game? Like Toyota, Honda hoped that fuel-cell vehicles would prove to be the “ultimate eco-car”. Battery-powered vehicles have instead proven to be the top contender. One million electric vehicles were sold this year, an eightfold increase over the past five years.
Takahiro Hachigo became Honda’s CEO two years ago and has since worked on restructuring the business and improving the quality of its products. Honda just established an EV division this past October. The company plans to introduce plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles to the Clarity line in the United States by the end of this year. Honda has also promised to release a electric vehicle that will be exclusive to China next year.