Honda will not, for now, market the Honda e on the North American shores but they have a big plan coming up that about to make it worthwhile.
Not so long ago, my colleague told you that he wanted the Honda E to be marketed in North America. Although this friendly city car would be quite comfortable in the major urban centers of the continent, its arrival on our roads is not likely to happen soon.
On the other hand, as Automotive News learned, the manufacturer is preparing a strategy tailored to the needs of North America – and the rest of the world – like other players in the industry. Honda is currently working on a platform dedicated to electric power that would be developed to accommodate larger vehicles such as SUVs or even sedans, two formats more well-matched for the tastes of our neighbors south of the border.
Automotive News has even learned that this platform would be rear-wheel drive (because of the electric motor housed at this location), just like the small Honda E that will be distributed in Europe and Japan. However, to meet the needs of Nordic consumers, all-wheel drive will also be part of the formula, with an electric motor added to the front.
“This new architecture is designed to achieve smooth driving and highly efficient packaging,” said Ayumu Matsuo, Honda’s managing officer in charge of power unit development. “We believe it will meet the needs of customers who like our C-segment and D-segment models.”
This new platform will also have to be more flexible than the one used for the small Honda E. In addition to being able to accommodate more batteries on board (for a greater autonomy between the recharges), this one will have to be compatible with the Panasonic batteries and CATL, unlike the Honda E which is exclusively equipped with Panasonic units.
This flexibility will allow engineers to vary the number of batteries mounted on board, depending on the needs of the vehicle being developed.
We should learn a little more about this overall electric strategy in the coming months, Honda has already indicated that it wants two thirds of its global lineup electrified by 2025, with a stated goal to sell 15% of its vehicles with a fully electric powertrain by 2030.