Honda e

Honda brings FORWARD electrification deadline to 2022

Honda e

Every mainstream new Honda sold in Europe by 2022 will be electrified, the firm has announced at a headline ‘Electric Vision’ event in Amsterdam. 

This new deadline is three years ahead of its previously-stated 2025 goal.

The firm will also launch an additional all-new battery electric model and an electrified SUV by the end of 2022, as well as the next-generation Civic and HR-V. 

Honda is not giving any further information about the new cars at this stage, however. 

Honda Hybrid

The commitment means every volume Honda model sold will use either hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive. 

All mainstream non-electrified petrol and diesel cars will cease production for Europe by the end of 2022. 

“This shift to electrification will change the face of our model line-up considerably,” said Tom Gardner, Honda Motor Europe senior vice president.

The firm has new branding for its new approach, Honda e:Technology. 

Honda drive green

The commitment will be achieved by the accelerated launch of six new electrified models over the next 36 months. This includes the next-generation Honda Jazz, revealed at the Amsterdam event. 

On sale from spring 2020, the new Jazz will be fully-electrified for the UK, with a clever e:HEV two-motor hybrid powertrain. 

What about Type R?

Honda is not saying anything about Type R at this stage, other than admitting the storied brand is a key part of its range. 

There are two options – either an electrified Type R version of the next-generation Civic… or a traditional turbo petrol hot hatch. 

Honda has ruled out petrol power only for its mainstream models: specialist low-volume cars such as Type R could still use regular drive. 

It seems almost certain there will be a next-generation Honda Civic Type R. What powers it, however, is another matter…