Head of Honda: “Electric cars will not become mainstream”November 15, 2019
At the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, Honda showed its first electric car. However, this does not mean that the company is ready to seriously engage in the electrification of its lineup, and even more so – the development of drones.
In an interview with Automotive News magazine, the head of Japanese automaker Honda Takahiro Hachigo confidently stated that “electric cars will not become mainstream.” A similar point of view was expressed in 2019 by Klaus Frelich, BMW chief engineer. Hachigo doubts the imminent spread of unmanned vehicles.
“The difficulties facing electric cars and full autonomous movement are still quite large,” he said.
At the same time, the head of Honda recognizes the need for cleaner cars. And he says that the company under his leadership will reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the production of hybrid systems. Some consider this technology a compromise, but Hachigo sees nothing wrong with it: it saves fuel and reduces emissions without restricting the freedom of movement of the car, Digital Trends writes.
According to Hachigo, lawmakers, not demand, are driving electric car sales.
“I do not believe in a significant increase in demand for battery cars, and I believe that this is true for the whole world. There are problems with the infrastructure and equipment. Different countries have different laws, and you have to reckon with them. So it’s necessary to continue research and development, but I don’t believe that [electric cars] will become mainstream in the near future, ”he said.
Honda’s electrification approach varies by market. In Europe, the company promises to sell from 2022 only electric and hybrid models. In the United States, the ever-popular CR-V will receive a hybrid drivetrain in 2020, but it will only be offered as an option. Unmanned technology plans are generally vague.
Last year, Honda’s aviation division introduced a new business jet, which was named the most efficient in its class. At the same time, the plane flies not only beyond competitors, but also much quieter.
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