Honda to use hybrid tech to power small cars in India till EV infra is in place


Honda Motor Company has set a target to introduce hybrid technology in India that would help it meet new mileage and emission norms till the time the country is ready to host electric vehicles.

Honda Cars India, the second largest Japanese car brand in India, is the only large automobile company which was yet to announce its approach to the government’s ambition of shifting to green mobility. Rivals such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata MotorsMahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Toyota Kirloskar have already announced their roadmap for the future.

Even as Honda uses a hybrid system for mid and large-sized vehicles, it is working to make the system compact to be able to run it on small cars such as those sold in India.

Takahiro Hachigo, President and Representative Director, Honda Motor Company, said, “We have set a goal to electrify two-thirds of our global automobile unit sales by 2030. In light of the required infrastructure and how people use automobiles, we believe hybrid technology is, at present, the most effective way for us to comply with CAFÉ (corporate average fuel economy) standards. Therefore, we will electrify our products mainly with hybrids.”

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