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March 24, 2022

Honda Previews All-Electric SUV, North American HR-V Goes Global

Honda is committed to expand its electrified product especially in Europe. This will result in their widest line-up in that continent in many years.

Along with the just-announced Civic e:HEV, the Japanese carmaker will add an all-electric B-segment SUV previewed as the e:Ny1, a new C-segment full-hybrid SUV, and the all-new CR-V which will be available in both full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid flavors for the first time, all by 2023.

After the Honda e, the next all-electric vehicle from Honda will be a B-segment SUV which they previewed as the e:Ny1 Concept. Honda says it will become the center of their product line-up. Based on the design renderings provided, the e:Ny1 looks to be based off the Honda HR-V down to the hidden rear door handles and full-width LED taillights. It does, however, gain a new fascia.

Joining the e:Ny1 Concept is a new C-segment full-hybrid SUV. Based on the official sketches provided by Honda, it looks to be the North American HR-V. That means, it will become a global model now. It’s slightly larger than the HR-V based on the Japanese market Vezel and has more off-road styling cues.

Beyond these officialized vehicle offerings, Honda will be using a multi-pathway strategy to realize its commitment to carbon neutrality across all Honda products and corporate activities by 2050. The company will heavily invest in a range of zero emission technologies including solid-state batteries, swappable battery systems, carbon neutral fuels, and hydrogen cells.

A core part of this strategy will see all major markets, including the European region, increase the proportion of EV and fuel cell vehicle (FCV) unit sales ratio to 40 percent by 2030, and to 80 percent by 2035. The company will also end the sale of internal combustion engine automobiles globally by 2040.

Honda is also expanding its horizons into new areas, drawing from its long history of creating unique and advanced technologies and products. In aviation, using technology and knowledge established from HondaJet, Formula 1, and electrification, Honda will develop an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for city-to-city transport. In the field of robotics, an AI-operated multi-fingered Honda Avatar Robot will follow in the footsteps of ASIMO by the end of 2024, with a view to practical use in the 2030s.

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