Honda to phase out petrol cars in Europe from 2022October 26, 2020
The Japanese manufacturer has taken the first step in its strategy to electrify its fleet – Honda will stop selling diesel vehicles in the UK. The company will sell only hybrid and electric vehicles in Europe, and will fully switch to electric vehicles by 2022. According to Electrek, Honda originally planned to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) cars only by 2025, but has now decided to rethink its strategy.
“Honda has pushed back plans to convert all major European models to electric motors for three years from 2025 to 2022, and our hybrid technology will play a key role in achieving this goal,” company officials said.
Honda will continue to produce diesel powertrains in Europe until the end of 2022. However, sales of cars with such engines in the UK will be suspended in the coming weeks – car dealerships are selling the latest Honda HR-V models. Next, the company will focus on all-electric models and hybrids. The emphasis will be on the latter as, according to Honda, popular hybrid models will simplify the electrification of the entire fleet.
Honda is currently making three such vehicles for Europe – the CR-V and Jazz hybrids, and the all-electric Honda e. The CR-V is a compact crossover that was introduced in 2017. The CR-V power plant can operate in three modes – on electric, only on internal combustion engines, and also in collaboration between two engines. The Jazz model was announced much earlier – in 2010 – and is a five-door hatchback with a feature set similar to the CR-V.
As for the Honda e, the electric hatchback first appeared last September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and has received over 40,000 pre-orders from Germany, England, France and Norway. The Honda e is a direct competitor to the Nissan Leaf and VW ID. 3.
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