Honda CEO says people want hybrids, not EVs
Plenty of institutions are strongly advocating the electrification of vehicles but despite the growing craze and the billion-dollar investments, it is becoming increasingly self-evident that, as things stand, electric cars are still a long way from universal adoption.
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There are still enormous differences between regions. Some countries already have the infrastructure and are selling EVs like hotcakes but on the other hand, there are countries where the electric car is still a long way from being popular. In this scenario, I think that the words of Takahiro Hachigo, CEO of Honda, offer an interesting and refreshing opinion on the subject.
Mr. Hachigo says that "the objective is improving fuel efficiency, not electrification per se" and he's not so sure that customers around the world truly want an electric car. He also believes that there isn't going to be a dramatic increase in demand for battery-powered vehicles. Car manufacturers are essentially being forced to reduce emissions across their line-up, with different regulations in different markets, but Honda's boss believes that this can be achieved with hybrid cars, too.
At the moment, Honda has confirmed availability for its all-electric city-car, the Honda E, for Europe and Japan, and the brand is committed to electrifying two-thirds of its line-up by 2030. Honda is also one of three manufacturers to offer a production fuel cell vehicle, along with Toyota (the Mirai) and Hyundai (the Nexo and the Tucson). The Honda Clarity, currently available in California, Japan and Europe, has a range of around 300 miles.