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Honda’s Recent Ohio Investment Promises More Electric Vehicles

Honda's announcement shows that they are committed to meeting its 2040 all-electrified sales plans.

  • Production of new EVs will begin in 2026.

  • The Ohio plant has assembled hybrid vehicles for years already.

Honda today announced that it is investing $700 million to re-tool its existing auto and powertrain plants in Ohio for the production of electric vehicles. This move underscores Honda’s commitment to electrification as the foundation of its future business strategy. In addition, Honda is partnering with LG Energy Solution (LGES) to establish a joint venture facility to produce battery modules to power electric vehicles. By investing in this project, Honda is able to create a hub for electric vehicles near Columbus while also contributing to sustainable transportation methods that don’t rely on traditional fossil fuels.

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The Japanese manufacturer’s announcement builds on Honda’s long history of manufacturing in Ohio, including the 45th anniversary of its first production facility in the state. The transformation of its North American manufacturing operations is said to support the Honda Electrification Initiative, including plans for Honda to begin production and sales of Honda EVs in North America in 2026. Honda is investing $700 million in its Marysville Auto Plant (MAP), East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP), and Anna Engine Plant (AEP) to support this new era of Honda electrification, creating over 300 new jobs.

Honda said that it plans to make battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles represent 100% of its vehicle sales by 2040 in North America. This goal is part of Honda’s wider commitment to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050. Honda’s announcement comes at a time when the automotive industry is facing significant challenges, but Honda is confident in its ability to transition to an electrified future.

The company has already been manufacturing hybrid-electric vehicles in Ohio for several years, and the experience and expertise of Honda’s associates will be essential as the company moves towards its new goal. Honda’s investment in electric vehicle production is a positive step towards a more sustainable future for the automotive industry.

“Honda is proud of our history in Ohio, where our U.S. manufacturing operations began more than four decades ago. Now, as we expand Honda’s partnership with Ohio, we are investing in a workforce that will create the power source for our future Honda and Acura electric vehicles,” said Nelson. “We want to thank the leaders of the state of Ohio, as well as in Fayette County, Jefferson Township, Jeffersonville, and Washington Court House for welcoming this new joint venture between Honda and LG Energy Solution and giving us another Ohio community to call home.”

Honda’s investments in electric vehicle production and infrastructure underscore its commitment to EVs as the foundation of its future business strategy. With multiple all-new EVs set to come off the line at Honda’s Ohio plants in the next few years, these investments will help ensure that Honda is able to meet growing consumer demand for EVs both now and into the future.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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