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Honda CEO says people want hybrids, not EVs

Mr Takahiro Hachigo has some refreshing opinions

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.

Photo by Tabea Damm on Unsplash

Photo by Tabea Damm on Unsplash

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.

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  • Couldn't have said it better. Wouldn't want to get stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery and no gas to use.

      8 months ago
    • Second that. I want to enjoy what ev brings to table but i want backup option which is available in abundance. Same reason i use backup UPS for gaming pc

        8 months ago
  • I’ve been saying that EVs are not the future. I believe that Hybrids are the future because I believe that hybrids bring out the best of both Electric a gas powered cars with great examples being the 2020 Polestar 1, Acura NSX, and of course the P1, 918, and the LaFerrari.

      8 months ago
    • Why have everything twice?? The only benefit is, that you don't have to worry about finding a charging station for now, but in 10 years, if the infrastructure is so good, even petrol cars would look complicated, the problem would be sorted.

        8 months ago
    • What do you mean by “have everything twice”?

        8 months ago
  • I too believe this truth is starting to become self evident...The world doesn't have the appetite for EV's that you'd be led to believe. Gov't must mandate them or no one would buy them. If EV's were to great, and demand was there, why does the gov't have to subsidize part of their MSRP? Hybrid have always made the most sense (over EV's).

      8 months ago
    • That doesn’t explain why Tesla’s waiting list is getting longer as the federal incentive goes away.

        8 months ago
    • What list? Where? I suppose in communist states like California where gas is a full dollar (in taxes) or more than other states and they're still signed onto the Paris Accord after U.S. pulled out, there's a few trendy kids that still want...

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        8 months ago
  • Demand for electric cars outstrips supply. People want BEVs more than they want hybrids. There is no evidence to the contrary. The Honda CEO is literally just lying to save his job because Honda is behind on acquiring battery supplies.

    Now if he had said there is not sufficient battery supply to meet BEV demand and hybrids would have to be made until supply catches up, then he would have been more honest.

    seekingalpha.com/article/4269216-battery-shortages-are-already-problem-and-electric-car-waiting-lists-are-becoming-norm

      8 months ago
    • Is Honda giving up on FCVs too? That's not a good sign.

        8 months ago
    • Are you qualified to be the CEO of Honda, I doubt it. Your opinion means nothing, his decision will effect thousands of jobs. Everything we do in life is about making life easier and more comfortable, why would you buy a EV to make your life more...

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        8 months ago
  • EV on city daily is tolerable, but for long range go anywhere car the infrastructures are still in favor of hybrid. In terms of performance cars, battery packs are still too heavy and prone to overheat. which is why we have yet to see cars like rimac and evija run on the ring. Until an EV wins a 24 hours endurance race, it's hard to prove a point on performance.

    EVs rely heavily on battery technology in which the raw material for making batteries are mostly in the hands of china which is why Tesla succumbs to making factory over there (pretty sure Trump disapproves). As a Japanese standpoint, I just see that they want to be less dependent from relying on china to get their battery packs.

    The future of EV depends heavily on how much chinese battery manufacturers wanted to push their technology. That being said some japanese and korean companies such as panasonic and samsung are making batteries too but still behind from the chinese in terms of r&d power. Elon musk can program his car all he wants but if the chinese companies are not moving forward then all his marketing BS are reduced to nothing. (CATL, BYD, Panasonic) > EV manufacturers.

      8 months ago
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