Honda to electrify every new model launched in Europe
Date:2017-11-16 14:11:13 number of times read:
Honda has committed to offering an electrified version of every new model launched in Europe going forwards. Announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the statement was backed up by debuts given to a CR-V Hybrid, and Honda Power Manager energy transfer system, and Urban EV Concept.
While other manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover, and Honda have committed to electrifying all new models within the next few years, Honda has confirmed that it's plans start now. Electrification includes hybrid models, but increasingly the company is looking to roll-out PHEV and pure-electric models.
The likes of the Clarity Fuel Cell are already confirmed to be heading to UK shores, and the Urban EV Concept will go into produciton in 2019.
Honda's latest hybrid system looks to take a big step forward over its previous offerings too, prioritising electric power far more than before. It will be seen first on the next-generation CR-V which will go on sale in 2018 as the company's first entry into the hybrid SUV market.
Honda's Power Management System is a fully-integrated smart energy product that can distribute electricity to and from the mains, as well as from renewable sources and managing vehicle-to-grid EV connection.
The system can balance out power needs at peak times by drawing on an EV's battery, before then recharging it when demand for electricity is lower.
Honda will trial it in western France where the Power Manager units will be installed as part of a pilot scheme for regional smart grid systems, due to be completed by 2020.