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May 21, 2024

Honda Remains Committed To Full EV Shift By 2040

Despite a slowdown in global EV sales, Honda isn’t backing down from its aggressive electrification strategy. The Japanese carmaker says it remains committed to going full electric—BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) or FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle)—by 2040, their original target.

Honda will consider the mid-2020s as a transitory period from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles (EVs). As such, existing production facilities will be used to produce both ICE and EV models on the same line.

During this time, Honda will further advance its hybrid model offerings including the introduction of an electric all-wheel drive or e-AWD system. Compared to the conventional mechanical all-wheel drive system, the e- AWD system will increase maximum driving force output and enable more responsive and precise control on drive force distribution.

By 2025, their joint-venture with LG Energy Solution will start the production of their own EV batteries which are “lightweight and compact.” These, the carmaker says, will help them reduce the cost of EV batteries by 20 percent compared to current levels. This will also enable them to power around 2 million EVs per year—their planned production target by 2030.

Honda will also switch over to “mega casting” to greatly reduce the battery case and its related parts from over 60 to just five. The carmaker will also adopt the “Flex Cell Production System,” wherein there would be an increase in modularity and that within each “production cell,” all the necessary equipment and jigs required will be present.

In terms of products, Honda will roll out their Honda global EV series—the Honda 0 Series. By 2030, a total of seven models would have been launched covering various product sizes and body styles. The Honda 0 Series will all be built around the development concept of, “Thin, Light, and Wise.”

Furthermore, the Honda 0 Series will adopt a centralized architecture which will consolidate multiple ECUs into one single core ECU. These vehicles will also have advanced automated driving and advanced driver assistance systems up to Level 3 automated driving technology.

1 comment:

  1. Why did Honda not mention about solid state batteries?


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