Japanese automaker Honda has accelerated its electrification strategy in Europe. The company has said it will electrify all of its mainstream car line-up in Europe by 2022, instead of 2025 as previously announced.
According to Honda’s Senior Vice President for Europe, Tom Gardner, the decision will considerably change the line-up of cars it offers.
“Honda is the world’s largest engine manufacturer, and from what we have announced today we are committing to ending all mainstream non-electrified petrol and diesel production for Europe by the end of 2022.”
The Japanese automaker plans to launch 6 electric cars over the next 36 months in Europe, led by the now hybrid-only new Jazz. The CR-V already features a hybrid drivetrain, as does the NSX supercar. The Honda e electric mini will also be delivered to customers next year. The Civic and HR-V are expected to be the next models to be hybridized.
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 further went on to say that Europe is now leading the way in this field.
“The pace of change in regulation, the market, and consumer behavior in Europe means that the shift towards electrification is happening faster here than anywhere else in the world”.