Honda has accelerated its electrification strategy in Europe, promising to electrify all of its mainstream car line-up by 2022, rather than 2025 as previously announced.
The Japanese maker plans to launch six electrified cars over the next 36 months in Europe, led by the now hybrid-only Jazz revealed earlier today. The Honda CR-V already features a hybrid drivetrain, as does the Honda NSX supercar. The Honda e electric small car will also be delivered to customers next year. The Honda Civic and Honda HR-V are expected to be the next models to be hybridised.
Honda will use new global e:Technology branding for all of its electrified models, including motorcycles and other, non-automotive products.
The move to bring forward electrification plans is a result of Honda needing to meet 2021 emissions regulations, under which manufacturers will face large fines if they cannot bring their fleet average CO2 figure down to 95g/km, as quickly as possible. Tom Gardner, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe, claimed Europe is now leading the way in this field.
"The pace of change in regulation, the market, and consumer behaviour in Europe means that the shift towards electrification is happening faster here than anywhere else in the world" Gardner said in a press release.
Honda's Energy Management subsidiary has also been given a boost, collaborating with European energy supplier Vattenfall. It will allow the brand to provide what it claims is the world's first flexible energy contract specifically aimed at EV owners in Europe.
The contract will provide energy from renewable sources and allow EVs to be charged at the most cost-effective time of the day. It will be introduced first in the UK and Germany next year. The firm has also revealed a new bi-directional charger that can simultaneously charge an electric car and deliver power back to the grid.