Honda President Takahiro Hachigo indicated during a Feb. 24 news conference in Tokyo that Honda is determined to move away from gasoline-powered cars.
Honda’s goal is to halve the automaker’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 compared with 2000 levels.
“We want to commit to reducing CO2 emissions through electrification,” Hachigo said.
Hachigo added that the percentage of Honda’s hybrid vehicles (HV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) will be raised to more than 50 percent of total sales.
PHVs, which can be charged from an electrical outlet at home, is “the focus” of the electrification effort, according to Hachigo.
Honda will sell its highly efficient PHV that can run more than 100 kilometers on electric power in North America by 2018, and later in Japan.
The percentage of its fuel-cell vehicles (FCV) and electric vehicles (EV) will also be increased to 15 percent of the total.
Honda’s new EV model will hit North American showrooms in 2018. An FCV that will be available in Japan for leasing in March will be introduced in the United States at the end of 2016.
Currently, electrically powered vehicles, mainly HVs, make up around 5 percent of Honda’s global sales.
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