China Standards So Strict, Honda to Go All Hybrid by 2025

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China’s government is getting serious about air quality these days. In addition to offering the death penalty for serious polluters, the country’s government is cracking down on vehicle emissions. In fact, China’s latest round of proposed vehicle emissions is so tough, Honda says they’ll have to go to an all-hybrid lineup in order to meet its requirements.

“In 2025, we don’t expect to be able to sell conventional internal-combustion engines,” Honda chief technology strategy officer for automobile R&D Keiji Ohtsu said in a recent interview about the new standards with Ward’s Auto.

The timing may be good for Ohtsu and Honda, though. The company already has a collection of nearly production-ready hybrid models in the pipeline to meet the US’ ever-increasing emissions standards, as well as those of many major European cities who are thinking of outlawing internal-combustion engined cars altogether.

Ohtsu anticipates that hybrids could account for up to 20% of Honda’s total, global sales by 2020. At the same time, Honda thinks hybrid models in Japan could exceed 80% of total sales in Japan by 2025 with increases in the US coming, as well. That is, of course, despite the fact that the Honda Civic Hybrid was discontinued in 2015 and the excellent Honda Accord Hybrid is on a 1-year hiatus for 2016- which doesn’t look good, really.

My guess is that Ohtsu knows something things that we don’t- but that’s never stopped us from second-guessing Honda, before. What do you guys think? Will Honda’s plans to go all-hybrid in China by 2025 lead to more hybrids landing stateside? Let us know, in the comments.

 

Source: Wards Auto, via Green Car Reports.

 

Jo Borrás

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