Honda said in June that one of its upcoming electric cars will specifically be for the Chinese market. And the company also hinted in a statement on Tuesday that the other would be for the European market.
Honda officially said in the statement that it will debut its Urban EV Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show likely in mid-September. The company also described the vehicles as “Honda’s first EV for Europe”.
Honda’s push in order to make fully electric vehicles marks a significant major shift for the Japanese automaker. The company had previously focused mainly on the development of hydrogen and also on hybrid cars. Betting these would be the vehicles of the comming future.
Honda is bascially aiming for two-thirds of its vehicles to be electrified by 2030. The company recently said that it plans to share more details about how it plans to accomplish this in Frankfurt. Currently, the company sells an all-electric version of its Clarity in the US. But on an average the vehicle only gets a range of about 89 miles per charge.
The company has not yet revealed any further details about the upcoming concept car. But it’s much likely that the vehicle will have a range exceeding 100 miles per charge.
However, as more and more automakers jump into the electric car space and countries like China strengthen the regulations favoring electric vehicles. The company has now switched its gears somewhat.
The strict regulations to check air pollution in China lie in favor of electric-vehicles, thus making it an ideal market for sale of such cars. Apart from Honda, many major automakers are rolling out their electric-cars in the country.
Honda To Launch 2 Electric Cars By 2018
Last year, the company created a division dedicated only to developing EVs. In April, the company announced that it planned on rolling out at least one electric car in China in 2018.
Many automakers, including Volkswagen, Nissan, and Ford, have already committed to rolling out long-range electric cars during the comming next few years. And GM had already launched its first all-electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt, last year.
Tesla delivered its first 30 Model 3 vehicles in July, and company’s CEO Elon Musk has said that the company aims to produce about 1,500 units in September. And some 20,000 per month usually by December. But still, though, the bulk of Tesla’s pre-orders will be delivered in 2018. Which is bascially when the all-electric Honda will become available in some of the markets.
Honda, like many other automakers, is honing in on the Chinese market in order to kickstart EV sales. Because the country is now working to implement regulations that would greatly drive EV adoption. Basically, China wants to set quotas for automakers so that the electrified vehicles make up at least a fifth of Chinese car sales by 2025.
Renault-Nissan officailly announced on Wednesday that it will also be tackling the Chinese market. And also further plans to begin production of an electric mini-SUV beginning in 2019.