Honda May Increase Development of Electric Cars

Because of the slow development of a hydrogen refueling infrastructure, Honda is reportedly also eyeing the development of battery electric vehicles instead of fuel cells.

Having been one of the first automakers to lease fuel cell vehicles to consumers, Honda has been a strong believer in hydrogen-powered vehicles. Still, developing an infrastructure for the compressed hydrogen gas is both expensive and laborious. Developing a charging network for electric vehicles is also complicated, but when compared to hydrogen, Honda feels it would be an easier task, and would help increase sales of ZEVs in California.

“I don’t doubt for a second that fuel cell vehicles are the ultimate green car,” Honda CEO Takanobu Ito told Reuters. “But the infrastructure for hydrogen is moving slowly, and there’s a possibility we won’t be able to get sufficient sales volumes [in California], even if we tried.”

Ito also said Honda may need electric vehicles to meet California’s regulations for automakers to offer a ratio of zero-emissions cars to emissions cars in the future. He didn’t divulge if and when Honda would launch an electric vehicle.

In his future outlook for the auto industry, Ito said he believes almost all of the cars on the roadwill be hybrids within 20 to 30 years. His company, though, is taking an approach similar to Mazda and concentrating on the improvement of the internal combustion engine over the next five to10 years.

Source: Automotive News


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