OEM Emphasizes Automobile Electrification & U.S. Manufacturing
Honda said today that it’s readying a new hybrid electric vehicle, to be built in America for nationwide launch in 2018. The new car is part of the “Honda Electrification Initiative, which will expand the company’s portfolio of electrified vehicles,” the OEM said.
Honda said as it commenced deliveries of its latest Clarity Fuel Cell car last month that the hydrogen-powered car was the first of an electric drive range (F&F, December 20).
The new hybrid for new year will use the two-motor architecture already in use of the Accord Hybrid. Honda said “it will expand the use of its innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain from passenger cars to its light truck lineup in the future.”
‘Electrified Vehicles Are Key to the Future’
“Half of the all-new models Honda will launch in the United States in the coming two years will be electrified vehicles,” Honda Motor Company president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo says in today’s release.
“In the long term, electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility,” he said.
19 North America Manufacturing Facilities
Honda reports a global target for two-thirds of all sales to come from electrified models by 2030 and to halve its total company carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 levels by 2050.
Honda said too today, that it “has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America.
“In 2016, about 96 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.”
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