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Honda to release pure EV for mini vehicles while the Honda president is aiming for carbon neutrality in 2050.

Aiming for carbon neutrality in 2050.

Honda is a mobility company that offers a wide range of products and is also a power unit manufacturer.

At the press conference, he said that he would aim to lead the industry in the fields of mobility, power units, energy and robotics for the future, and will continue to work on solidifying the existing business that is the foundation of the industry.

In particular, “we will focus on the two fields of “environment” and “safety,” and for the former, we will focus on the three pillars of carbon neutrality, clean energy, and resource circulation”.

It aims to be neutral.

Specifically, for four-wheeled vehicles, in order to achieve carbon-free “Tank to Wheel”, the sales ratio of electric vehicles (EV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in developed countries as a whole will be increased in 2030. It will be raised to 40% and 80% in 2035, aiming for 100% globally by 2040.

Regarding the electrification of four-wheeled vehicles, the goals of each major market were also announced as follows.

【North America】

The EV / FCV sales ratio is targeted at 40% in 2030, 80% in 2035, and 100% in 2040.

Two large EVs jointly developed using General Motors’ EV battery “Ultium” will be introduced as 2024 models of Honda and Acura.

Honda will introduce a new EV platform “e: Architecture” adoption model led by development to the North American market sequentially from the latter half of the 2020s. After that, it will be expanded to other regions.

【China】

The EV / FCV sales ratio is targeted at 40% in 2030, 80% in 2035, and 100% in 2040.

Further accelerate the introduction of EVs that utilize local resources. Honda brand EVs will be launched in 10 models within the next five years, including the commercial model of the “SUV e: Prototype” announced at the Shanghai show.

“Regarding batteries, which are key components, we will further promote the utilization of local resources, such as strengthening cooperation with CATL (a major Chinese battery manufacturer)” says the new President.

【Japan】

“The EV / FCV sales ratio is targeted at 20% in 2030, 80% in 2035, and 100% in 2040. By 2030, we aim to make 100% electrified vehicles for sale, including hybrid vehicles.”

Promote electrification of light vehicles such as hybrid vehicles and EVs. In 2024, a mini vehicle standard EV will be introduced.

Batteries will be procured for local production for local consumption in Japan.

In the area of ​​mobility services, the technology demonstration of the self-driving car “Cruise Origin” jointly developed with GM and Cruise will start in 2021. Aim for introduction in the mid-2020s.

In addition to this, in the field of technology development, it was announced that they will start verification of production technology using a demonstration line in this term for research on all-solid-state batteries that it is independently advancing.

The company said it would accelerate research so that it could be used in models in the latter half of the 2020s.

“Regarding fuel cell research and development, which we have been working on for many years, we will continue to collaborate with GM and utilize the system for a wide range of applications such as commercial truck deployment and stationary / portable power supplies.

It aims to reduce costs and realize a hydrogen-based society.

Motorcycle powertrains are also promoting electrification.

Announced that it will promote the electrification of power units for motorcycles as well.

In addition to utilizing mobile power packs, The President explained that he will work on standardization of replaceable batteries by involving the fields of power products and micromobility.

“As specific products, the electric business scooters “GYRO e:” and “GYRO canopy e:” were launched in 2021.

As for personal use models, by 2024, we will introduce three types of electric models in the moped type 1 and moped type 2 classes, and also in the area of ​​sports bikes and large motorcycles that Honda calls the “FUN area”. It is said that it will be introduced.”

On the other hand, instead of focusing on electrification, the company plans to lead the industry by improving engine fuel efficiency and utilizing biofuels.

Invested over 46 billions dollars in R & D expenses in 6 years.

Regarding safety initiatives, the company aims to “zero fatalities in traffic accidents involving Honda motorcycles and automobiles worldwide in 2050,” and will lead the realization of an accident-free society in terms of both hardware and software.

As a specific measure, the advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), which has evolved into “omnidirectional safe driving support,” will be applied to all four-wheeled vehicles in developed countries by 2030.

The company aims to improve the accident coverage rate by utilizing the knowledge and know-how cultivated through research and development of “level 3” autonomous driving technology for further intelligentization of ADAS.

Furthermore, in emerging countries, there are many accidents that can be prevented by traffic safety education activities and efforts on infrastructure and policies, so the company will focus on strengthening education and public relations activities.

Honda will invest over 46 billions dollars in the next six years as R & D expenses regardless of changes in sales in order to promote these environmental and safety initiatives.

It is said that it will swiftly take necessary steps, including alliances, in the development system of digital technology.

It also plans to actively respond to the construction of a value chain for electrification.