Honda hopes to recharge its electrical automotive portfolio with a pair of recent fashions—plus an Acura—within the coming years. The Japanese automaker has simply held a briefing on its marketing strategy, which requires the corporate to have a wholly electrical portfolio worldwide by 2040. By 2030, it plans to be constructing 2 million EVs a 12 months.
Right here in North America we should always begin seeing the primary of these vehicles subsequent 12 months. 2024 sees the debut of the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX, a pair of electrical crossovers being developed with Normal Motors, utilizing the latter’s Ultium battery household. Ars acquired an early take a look at the Prologue final 12 months on a go to to Honda’s digital actuality design studio. (We anticipate some cheaper EVs to emerge from the GM/Honda partnership as nicely, however not till 2027.)
In 2025, we’ll see one other Honda EV, this one on a automobile structure it’s growing in-house. Honda says this might be a mid- to large-size EV for the North American market. There are additionally new EV fashions for China, and a few EVs for the Japanese market—three small vehicles, including a Kei car—that can amplify no matter FOMO emotions you had when Honda did not import the Honda e.
North American Honda EVs will use the aforementioned Ultium batteries from a three way partnership with LG Power Resolution. Honda’s Chinese language EVs will use CATL cells, with Envision AESC offering cells for Japanese EVs.
As we detailed earlier than, the corporate is investing in solid-state batteries. It is also engaged on extra highly effective, extra energy-dense lithium-ion cells with Yuasa.
Lastly, phrases to strike worry into the guts of each Ars reader: Honda says it’ll speed up its software program improvement. That 2025 mid- to large-sized EV would be the first new Honda to make use of the corporate’s new E&E structure, which, amongst different issues, contains the flexibility to use over-the-air updates. To take action, it’ll scale up its software program workforce, together with within the US.