This week, the news was how Honda planned to scrap its work on clean diesels to focus more intensely on making hybrids. It was kind of a downer, as everybody and their mother seems to be jumping on the hybrid band wagon while work on other alternatives gets less press. Today, Honda made an officially official announcement regarding their plans.
By 2012, Honda says they will not only be selling a plug-in hybrid car, but also a 100% electric vehicle as well. So much for clean diesels and hydrogen, eh?
I guess you could say Honda is playing it safe. Hybrids are easier to develop, and quite popular to consumers, and there is already an established infrastructure. Hydrogen, in comparison, is expensive and lacks fueling facilities in Honda’s biggest market, America. Diesels also aren’t popular in the U.S., another reason why Honda seems to be refocusing its efforts on EV’s and hybrids. The devil is in the details though, and Honda hasn’t show us any of those yet.
As Honda’s President Takanobu Ito told reporters at he assembly plant where he delivered his speech, “Honda has no future unless we achieve significant reduction in CO2 emissions.” Yes indeed, Mr Ito.
Source: The Detroit News | Image: Honda
Chris DeMorro is a car enthusiast, blogger, and all-around crazy man who is as passionate about hybrids as he is about Hemis. You can follow his constant misadventures at Three Months In A Mustang.