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Honda has unveiled its next electrified model for Europe, the all-new Civic e:HEV. Available to European customers later this year, the 11th-generation Civic completes the brand’s commitment to electrify its entire mainstream European automobile range by the end of 2022.
Honda also confirmed the further expansion of its electrified product line-up in 2023.
New additions include an all-electric B-segment SUV, previewed as the e:Ny1 Prototype, a C-segment full hybrid SUV, and the all-new CR-V, which will be available with both full hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options for the first time in Europe.
In addition to enhancing its electrified line up, Honda says it’s continuing its focus on its Energy Management business.
In Switzerland, Honda has supplied 50 Honda e electric vehicles and 35 Honda Power Manager units to car sharing operator, Mobility, as part of the ‘V2X Suisse’ consortium.
The Honda e units will be used as part of a car sharing fleet in a pioneering trial which uses the Honda e’s bi-directional charging function to feed energy back to the grid when the vehicles are not in use.
Other projects include Honda’s new e:PROGRESS smart charging service, which allows EV owners to reduce the cost of running an EV whilst maximising the amount of energy derived from renewable sources.
Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, says: “The completion of our electrification goal marks a significant moment for Honda in Europe. However, we’re not resting on our laurels. We are already well advanced with our plans to further expand the choice of battery-electric and hybrid vehicles for our customers and increase our offering in the fast-growing B- and C-SUV segments. The new models we will introduce in 2023 set the course for the next generation of electrified Honda cars, all retaining the engaging driving dynamics, comfort and exceptional usability to which our customers have become accustomed.”
Tomoyuki Yamagami, Large Project Leader for the all-new Civic e:HEV, adds: “Modern consumers seek emotional styling, engaging driving dynamics and exceptional usability, and we have met this brief by applying our latest technologies and development ethos in an innovative new way. Harnessing our industry-leading e:HEV technology and advanced safety features, the all-new Civic offers a compelling option for those customers wanting to embrace a new era of electrification. I believe both existing and new customers will be surprised at this latest generation Civic, and the evolution it has taken.”
Honda says it intends to increase the proportion of EV and fuel cell vehicle (FCV) unit sales ratio to 40% by 2030, and to 80% by 2035.
The company will also end the sale of internal combustion engine automobiles globally by 2040.