Honda Reveals Next Stages of Electric Vision Strategy
Honda wants 100 percent of all vehicle sales in Europe to be electrified vehicles by 2025, and to that end it is embarking on its Electric Vision strategy. During this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda tipped the next steps of its strategy, including the reveal of the production-ready Honda e electric vehicle and announcement of the hybrid-only next-generation Jazz among others.
Making its public debut was the production version of the Honda e, an all-electric city car that originally debuted in prototype form at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The Honda e is set for delivery in the summer of 2020 with an on-the-road price in the U.K. of £26,160 for the 100-kilowatt version and £28,660 for the 113-kilowatt Advance trim.
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Honda also confirmed the next vehicle in its electrified advance: “In 2020, Honda will launch the next-generation Jazz and today, we can confirm that this model will be introduced into Europe with hybrid technology as the sole powertrain option,” Honda Motor Europe Senior Vice President Tom Gardner said at the event.
The Jazz will join the new Honda CR-V Hybrid, which is expected to deliver 50 percent better city fuel economy when it arrives in the early part of next year, as well as the Honda Insight and new and improved Honda Accord Hybrid.
Honda will also extend its reach into charging and energy management with the launch of the Honda Power Charger, a home-ready AC charging system that allows vehicles to charge to 100 percent in just over four hours using 22-kilowatt output via a three-phase power supply. With respect to urban charging options, Honda is teaming up with Ubitricity to increase charging infrastructure with residential charging stations; no further details were provided as it relates to location or volume.
A new Honda Power Manager Prototype was also announced, allowing electric vehicles to connect to smart power grids to ensure optimal energy use and distribution. Co-developed with EVTEC, the Honda Power Manager Prototype is currently undergoing trails in London ahead of its planned market launch in 2020.
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