Honda: Our Perspective- Bold Action Must Continue to Realize Electrified Future

12.08.2021: President Biden recently took a positive step toward new federal vehicle emissions standards that include the Administration’s bold objective to advance America’s electric vehicle future. President Biden recently took a positive step toward new federal vehicle emissions standards that include […]







12.08.2021: President Biden recently took a positive step toward new federal vehicle emissions standards that include the Administration’s bold objective to advance America’s electric vehicle future.

President Biden recently took a positive step toward new federal vehicle emissions standards that include the Administration’s bold objective to advance America’s electric vehicle future.


In so doing, the Biden Administration is aligned with the similarly bold actions taken two years ago by Honda, BMW, Ford, Volkswagen and Volvo, which entered into voluntary agreements with the state of California to establish progressive new vehicle greenhouse gas regulations.

When we entered into that agreement with California, we knew it was a bit of a risk, but for Honda, it was the right thing to do for the environment and also for our customers in all 50 states – not just those living in California and the other states that have adopted its standards.  So, the Administration’s action in getting back on the pathway to strong federal fuel economy and GHG emissions standards represents an important milestone.

Honda already holds the distinction of being America’s most fuel-efficient, low-emissions full-line automaker, according to the January 2021 U.S. EPA Automotive Trends Report. That means our existing vehicle fleet has the lowest CO2 emissions of any full-line automaker. But the future direction of environmental requirements is not low CO2 emissions, it’s zero CO2 emissions.

So, in April, our global CEO Toshihiro Mibe outlined our vision to realize carbon neutrality by 2050. What made the biggest news was our vision for the complete electrification of our auto lineup in major markets around the world, including North America. We are committed to an increase in our sales of battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles from 40% in 2030, to 80% in 2035, to 100% by 2040.

For Honda, our commitment to carbon neutrality is a comprehensive one that will affect not only our products, but all of our corporate activities. This will require a collective effort across our entire value chain, representing huge investments over a long time horizon.

In order to meet our ambitious climate goals, we will need to work closely with state and federal governments to promote policies that stimulate consumer demand for EVs, create electrification infrastructure, and support EV manufacturing jobs here in the United States. The Biden Administration has outlined plans in each of these areas, and we encourage Congressional action to enact broad, complementary, and fair policies that will achieve our goal of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Unfortunately, there are currently efforts underway in Congress to enact unfair, discriminatory policies that will favor EVs built by a union workforce that will limit consumer choice. All American auto workers work hard to support their families, pay taxes and support their communities.

Our production associates in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio deserve fair treatment from Congress and should not be penalized for their choice of a workplace. By providing fair and equitable treatment for all American auto workers who build EVs and by equally valuing their contributions, we can accelerate our shared environmental goal of achieving widespread EV deployment.

The transition to EVs will require that we prepare our workforce for change and we are investing in that transformation. We have many talented and highly skilled associates (employees) in the U.S. who are designing and will build our EVs in the coming years.

Our confidence is driven by the fact that, over the past 40 years of building products in America, we have a history of evolving to meet the changing needs of our customers and society. We’ve gone from making small motorcycle engines to the 2-motor hybrid system in our hybrid-electric vehicles, because the strength of Honda all of these years is not the engines we make, but the Honda engineers who develop and make them. This will not change.

Finally, as we consider a zero carbon future, it’s important to emphasize that we are striving for “zero environmental impact” not only with our products, but the entire product lifecycle including our corporate activities.

In the U.S., Honda is leading auto industry efforts to decarbonize the nation’s electrical grid by adopting renewable energy to slash CO2 emissions and power our operations. Our long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPA) that went into effect in 2020 are now helping offset the carbon-intensive, grid-supplied electricity being used in our Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama auto plants. More than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America will be covered by over one million megawatt-hours of renewable electricity from wind and solar power generated in Oklahoma and Texas.


We also are partnering with utilities and energy-sector allies to develop vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration that is essential to our electrified future. Toward that goal, we have launched the SmartCharge beta program that enables EV customers to reduce their environmental footprint, save money while charging their electric vehicles and maximize use of renewable energy.

These are just a few of the areas where Honda is working toward a zero carbon future that will benefit our customers, our industry and the environment. The reality is that it will take continued bold action to fulfill the ambitious plans for our electrified future.

This will require a coordinated society approach – individual automakers, our suppliers and technology partners, and federal, state and local governments – to increase consumer demand for electric vehicles, establish the infrastructure to support them and develop the workforce to build them.

Only in this way can we stay on a successful track to achieve what is the ultimate goal of this effort, to address global climate change and the critical effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Jennifer Thomas
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Government and Industry Relations
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Aiways and finn.auto sign fleet cooperation

09.08.2021


•    The subscription vehicle broker buys Aiways U5 vehicles•    Aiways U5 impresses with its comfort, space and price•    Growing trend towards electric mobility for vehicle subscriptions•    Aiways U6 will be available in European markets from early 2022 more >>





Foxconn aggressively carving out a niche in APAC EV industry, says GlobalData

06.08.2021


The rapid growth of electric vehicles (EVs) has transformed the traditional automotive industry business due to the merging boundaries between automotive technology, electronics and information & communication technology. Over the past few years, technology companies, such as Foxconn have been aggressively trying to carve out a niche in the Asia-Paci more >>





Li Auto outpaces Tesla in China job postings, reveals GlobalData

05.08.2021


Growing deliveries for maiden mid-size SUV ‘Li ONE’ and the introduction of new production line seems to have increased Beijing-based Tesla rival Li Auto’s need for talent. The US-listed electric vehicle (EV) maker is rallying for new hires with job postings increasing from 159 jobs in January 2021 to 441 in July 2021, surpassing Tesla& more >>





Trials of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic for fully electric operation in municipal use are in full swing

27.07.2021


Striding towards series production:
    The tests are focusing on the safety, performance and durability of the vehicle    Refuse collection operations are an ideal application: The range of the 27-ton vehicle covers more >>





The first of the electric AC Cobra fires up

24.07.2021


Heralding a new generation of iconic sports cars, the first AC Cobra Series 1 electric is undergoing final development work ahead of the delivery of the first customer cars.A faithful recreation of the AC Cobra, but with a modern, emissions-free electric po more >>





BASF and Porsche partner to develop high-performing lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles

22.07.2021


•    BASF to exclusively supply high-energy HEDTM cathode active materials for Porsche’s high-performance vehicles•    BASF to recycle production waste from cell manufacturing at Cellforce Group to close the loopBASF has been selected by by Cellforce Group (CFG), a joint venture more >>





Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth sets course for future series production of battery-electric and fuel-cell trucks

16.07.2021


    Management and Works Council agree on future orientation of the Wörth plant.
    Daimler Truck is clearly committed to Wörth, which will play an important role in the company in the long term with a view to the tr more >>





New electric vehicle policy to propel EVs growth in Maharashtra and India, says GlobalData

16.07.2021


Following the news that Maharashtra state government unveiled its new electric vehicle policy (EVP) and announced a slew of incentives; Bakar Sadik Agwan, Senior Automotive Consulting Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view: “Until now, 2021 has proved to be a key year with regards to the vehicle electrification (EV) in India. more >>





BMW i8 surges ahead of Tesla P90 in EV driving experience popularity stakes

15.07.2021


    BMW i8 leads the ‘charge’ in electric vehicle driving experience popularity    German hybrid engineering surges ahead on the racetrack.co.uk offers a range of lightning quick cars to driveThe BMW i8 is surging ahead of the more >>





Volkswagen Group and SEAT S.A. take next step to establish e-mobility hub in Spain

14.07.2021


    Volkswagen Group will apply to take part in the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) announced by the Spanish Government    As part of the Future: Fast Forward project, Volkswagen Group is willing to build its third battery plant in Spain    The realization of t more >>





New Opel Astra: Confident, Electrified and Efficient

13.07.2021


    Astra electrified for first time as plug-in hybrid in two performance levels    Bold and pure design with Vizor and optional two-tone paint finish    Pure Panel fully digital cockpit with widescreens and intuitive controls    Efficient engines with 6-speed manual and 8-speed a more >>





Toyota co-brands zero-emission buses with CaetanoBus

12.07.2021


    Zero-emission buses, manufactured by CaetanoBus in Portugal, will be co-branded with Toyota    Toyota strengthened its strategic alliance with CaetanoBus in Dec 2020 for further expansion of sustainable mobility solutions    Toyota Motor Europe (TME) provides its fuel cell technology for CaetanoBus&rsqu more >>





Jeep® Reveals First Images of All-new 2022 Electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

10.07.2021



During Stellantis EV Day 2021, the Jeep® brand revealed the first images of its all-new 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid. The fifth generation of the Grand Cherokee, which over the past 30 years has more >>





Kia rocks Electric Avenue at Goodwood

10.07.2021


    First time Kia has appeared at the Festival of Speed    First UK public outing for the Kia EV6    Special Kia Stinger GT420 also on displayKia’s premiere appearance at the worl more >>





Opel to go fully electric, enter Chinese market and launch Manta-e – with video

09.07.2021


Opel is opening the next chapter of its comprehensive electrification offensive: The tradition-rich German brand is currently not only expanding the electric model portfolio but will focus entirely on battery electric vehicles in Europe as of 2028.
more >>





Ellesmere Port will support sustainable mobility through the production of an all-electric vehicle, starting in 2022

06.07.2021


    Ellesmere Port to become Stellantis’s first manufacturing site dedicated to battery electric LCV and passenger car models for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën    Industrial performance improvements as a result of strong  cooperation between the company, the Unite Union and, most importantly, the workforce more >>





Volvo Car Group and Northvolt to join forces in battery development and production

21.06.2021


Volvo Car Group intends to establish a joint venture with leading Swedish battery company Northvolt to develop and produce more sustainable batteries, tailored to power the next generation of pure electric Volvo and Polestar cars. more >>





Mercedes−Benz Trucks to usher in a new era: World premiere of the eActros on June 30

15.06.2021


    Purely battery-powered truck for heavy-duty distribution

 
    Start of series production at the Wörth am Rhein plant in the second half of the year    Close cooper more >>





London Electric Cars – Proving that electric vehicle (EV) conversions don’t have to cost the earth

11.06.2021


Electric-powered classic Mini conversion that is light on the wallet and kind to the environment launched in UK

    London Electric Cars (LEC) has launched a classic more >>





Volta Trucks selects QAD Adaptive ERP solution

10.06.2021


Volta Trucks, the leading full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer, has announced that it will implement QAD’s Adaptive ERP and other QAD Adaptive Applications solutions, including QAD EQMS (Enterprise Quality Management System), QAD DynaSys DSCP (Digital Supply Chain Management), QAD Sourcing and QAD Supplier Management. Volta Trucks will implement QAD company wide. more >>





From Mégane eVision to the all-new Mégane E-Tech electric

08.06.2021


PRE-PRODUCTION CARS GOING ON OPEN ROADSRevealed during Renault eWays: The Challenge towards Zero Emissions, Mégane eVision showcar announced Renault’s first step on C-segment electric vehicles ; en more >>





Polestar Precept to embody Swedish electric performance at Goodwood Festival of Speed

03.06.2021



For the first time since it was revealed in 2020, the Polestar Precept is heading to the UK for the much-anticipated 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Precept headlines Polestar’s presence at the event, which will also include the Polestar 1 electric performance hybrid and t more >>





Foxconn-PTT partnership to expedite electric vehicles development in Thailand, says GlobalData

01.06.2021


Following the news that Taiwan’s Foxconn announced a partnership with Thailand’s state-run energy group PTT PCL to make electric cars in Thailand;Bakar Sadik Agwan, Senior Automotive Consulting Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his view: more >>





Audi eyes to increase its EV market share in South Korea with new carbon neutrality plans, says GlobalData

01.06.2021


Following the news that Audi Volkswagen Korea has opened its exhibition goTOzero in South Korea and announced its electrification plans to go net zero by 2050;

 
Bakar Sadik Agwan, Associate Project Manager, Automotive at GlobalData, a leading more >>





Technology leader Everrati™ unveils 500bhp ‘Signature’ wide body model a redefined Porsche 911

29.05.2021


…with futureproof EV power    Everrati™’s latest electric supercar is a redefined Porsche 911 (964) wide body    500bhp, 500Nm, sub-4-second 0-62mph acceleration, 150+ mile range more >>





Attero will help MG Motor India to build complete EV ecosystem, says GlobalData

28.05.2021


Following the news that MG Motor India has collaborated with India-based electronic asset management company and clean-tech provider Attero to recycle electric vehicle (EV) batteries;Bakar Sadik Agwan, Senior Automotive Consulting Analyst at GlobalData, a leading da more >>





Indonesia bullish on EV plans with new US$1.2bn battery plant, says GlobalData

26.05.2021


Following the news that State-owned Indonesia Battery Corporation (IBC) and South Korea’s LG will build a new US$1.2bn battery plant in Indonesia;Bakar Sadik Agwan, Senior Automotive Consulting Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offers his more >>





All-electric Nissan Ariya takes to the famous Monaco street circuit for its public driving debut

25.05.2021


    Seen for the first time ever on the roads, the 100% electric Ariya coupé crossover chose the glamour of Monaco for its debut drive    Set against a fitting backdrop of the spectacular Formula E street circuit, Ariya’s first public drive marked an exciting milestone in Nissan’s electric vehicle journey more >>





Audi pilots concept for quick charging

21.05.2021


Audi charging hub with quick-charging stations addresses future peak demands and the lack of charging opportunities at home        Premium concept with lounge and exclusive reservations        Pilot project aims to test operations and acceptance for a possible serial roll-out
more >>





Salon Privé to host UK debut of Italian hypercar as part of spectacular new display

21.05.2021


   UK debut for all-electric Automobili Estrema Fulminea    Cutting-edge hypercar will be part of exclusive new Concepts & Prototypes Lawn at Blenheim Palace    Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance will feature a Concepts & Prototypes class more >>





Jaguar enhances E-PACE with new R-Dynamic Black Edition and advanced technology

21.05.2021


    R-Dynamic Black Edition: New model brings a dramatic aesthetic to the E-PACE line-up with unique gloss black design elements and an enhanced specification

 
    Desirable and imp more >>





The new VW Multivan MPV best-seller launching this year with plug in hybrid drive system for the first time

20.05.2021


    New Multivan eHybrid able to run on electric power with zero on-road emissions    New Multivan with plug-in hybrid drive system starts whenever possible in emission-free ‘e-mode’    Combination of electric motor and petrol engine facilitates long journey distances more >>





All-new Kia EV6 crossover ushers in new era of electric driving excitement

20.05.2021


Kia’s first dedicated EV signals the beginning of the brand’s transformative ‘Plan S’ electrification strategy    New Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) underpins all-new CUV in rear-wheel drive or dual-motor more >>





Two All-New BMW Electric Vehicles to Make North American Debuts in Los Angeles on June 1.

18.05.2021


    The Fully Electric BMW iX Sports Activity Vehicle and BMW i4 Gran Coupé Will Debut at [SPACE] by BMW, a New Immersive BMW Brand Experience at The Grove in Los Angeles.      [SPACE] by BMW will be Open to the Public from June 4 Through November 30 and Showcase the Latest in BMW Group Performance, Innovation and Design. more >>





Saietta’s motor takes lightweight EVs 10% further

15.05.2021


    Independent testing confirms Saietta’s AFT 140 electric motor increases the range of a standard Renault Twizy by 10%    Trials took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on public roads and across a wide range of weather and driving conditions    Saietta’s high-tech Axial Flux Technology (A more >>





Award win for Battista hyper GT confirms its place as the pure-electric car of dreams

14.05.2021


   Automobili Pininfarina Battista receives the Electric Dream award from the expert judges at Electrifying.com    Award follows the launch of Automobili Pininfarina London, with the announcement of the latest retailer partner for the region    The pure-electric hyper GT continues to impress, with first clients more >>





New P300 HST broadens Range Rover Evoque line-up

13.05.2021


New powerful P300 HST joins the recently launched Range Rover Evoque Autobiography    Sporty stealth: Powerful Evoque HST features a Black Pack, Gloss Black Sliding Panoramic Roof and Gloss Black 20-inch alloys &nb more >>





15 European Countries Had Highest Share of EVs in New Car Sales in 2020; Norway Highest – 75% Share

12.05.2021


European nations are leading the way in new Electric Vehicle (EV) sales despite the emergence of Mainland China as the biggest market for EVs. According to data presented by TradingPlatforms.com, 15 European countries had the highest share of plug-in EVs in new passenger c more >>





Essex riders take more than 100,000 journeys with Spin e-scooters since trials launched

12.05.2021


    Riders typically use e-scooters for short journeys, with an average journey distance of 3 km (1.8 miles) and 23 minutes*    Total distance travelled with Spin e-scooters add up to more than 275,000 km (170,762 miles) since launch    Ongoing safety initiatives so far have seen 150 individuals participate more >>






Christia Kroell

Next Post

Today’s Luxurious Garage Is Also a Large-Class Hangout

Sat Aug 14 , 2021
A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Cabriolet that will be auctioned by Gooding at Pebble Beach front following week has experienced one proprietor for 45 many years, through which time it protected a mere 600 miles. Full lifetime mileage: 5,420. Naturally, this automotive masterpiece, 1 of only 200 created, used a […]