What simply occurred? Japanese auto main Honda has supplied an outlook for its US enterprise in 2024, confirming plans to launch a number of zero-emission autos over the following twelve months. The corporate took its candy time launching its first EV within the North American market, however Honda is seemingly making up for it with the upcoming launch of a number of new fashions because it tries to compete with Toyota, GM, Ford, and others within the more and more profitable EV house.
In a statement this week, American Honda stated that it’ll launch three new zero-emission autos this yr, together with two regular-battery electrical SUVs and a fuel-cell one. The 2 battery-powered SUVs would be the Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX, whereas the third would be the fuel-cell model of the corporate’s common compact crossover, CR-V.
Along with these three, Honda additionally plans to launch a hybrid model of the Civic this summer season. The automobile will likely be supplied in each sedan and hatchback physique types, and the corporate expects them to account for round 40 p.c of all Civic gross sales going ahead.
The Prologue will go on sale “within the coming months,” beginning with California and different ZEV states. It’s going to additionally roll out concurrently in different EV-friendly markets like Texas and Florida. As for the ZDX, it would go on sale in “early 2024,” with the corporate selecting to bypass sellers and taking all orders on-line. This would be the first automobile from the Honda secure to undertake a one hundred pc on-line gross sales mannequin, following within the footsteps of newer EV firms like Tesla and Rivian.
The CR-V Gas Cell Car (FCEV) may even debut this yr, however its precise launch date remains to be a thriller. In accordance with Honda, will probably be primarily based on the usual CR-V and can mark “North America’s first manufacturing automobile to mix a plug-in function with FCEV know-how in a single mannequin.”
The upcoming EVs and the FCEV are a part of Honda’s objectives of changing its whole portfolio to one hundred pc zero-emission by 2040. The corporate has additionally dedicated to going totally carbon-neutral by 2050. To attain its targets, Honda says it’s executing a “step-by-step good electrification technique” with a rise in hybrid quantity and the simultaneous introduction of its first mass-market electrical autos.