With the Volkswagen Group beginning production of its mainstream ID.3 electric hatch as its first salvo in an EV onslaught, and Toyota looking to introduce at least 10 EVs by the early 2020s, Honda continues to see hybrid powertrains as its main weapon in curbing carbon emissions.
In an interview with Automotive News, Takahiro Hachigo, Honda CEO and president, said, "I don't believe [EVs] will become mainstream anytime soon".
Globally, Hachigo doesn't think there will be a "dramatic increase" for full electric vehicles as "there are issues with infrastructure and hardware".
The company will continue to invest in EVs, though, as regulations in some regions, most notably Europe and China, have favoured their development.
Honda's CEO stated his company's goal is cut carbon emissions, rather than having EVs for the sake of having EVs.
The recently unveiled Honda E is for Europe and Japan only, although the Australian arm has expressed interest in the vehicle.
Locally, Honda will return to the mainstream hybrid market this December when it launches the new Accord sedan, which will be available with a 1.5-litre turbo and 2.0-litre hybrid.
Overseas, the company is pushing harder with its electrification plans. In Europe, it has committed to having its entire range electrified by 2022, with the new Jazz only available there as a hybrid.
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