author: Vineeth Joel Patel
Surprisingly, Honda doesn’t have any all-electric vehicles on sale in the U.S. That wasn’t always the case, but the Japanese automaker discontinued the Clarity Electric last March and hasn’t introduced anything to replace it. It’s peculiar, because Honda announced that it would stop selling gasoline-only powered vehicles in Europe by 2022. Honda has no such plans for the U.S., but it’s still looking to introduce a few battery-powered vehicles shortly and we finally have some information on what those vehicles will look like.
One Honda, One Acura
In a conversation with the Associated Press, Honda of America sales chief Dave Gardner provided the outlet with a few details on the brand’s upcoming EVs. Honda is looking to introduce two all-electric models for the 2024 model year. Additionally, the Japanese automaker is looking to offer hybrid gas-electric variants of its top-selling models.
While Gardner didn’t say which models would be offered in electric versions, Honda’s most popular vehicles are the CR-V, Civic, Accord, and Pilot. Since Honda already offers a hybrid version of the Accord and CR-V, we suspect hybrid versions of the Civic and Pilot are in the works.
According to the Associated Press, the two EVs will come to light because of the automaker’s partnership with General Motors. The bodies will be made by Honda, while the underpinnings will come from GM. We suspect the vehicles will also use GM’s batteries and have similar ranges as the American automaker’s electric cars.
GM’s Helping Out
An alliance between Honda and General Motors may sound odd, but the two came together to co-develop electrified vehicles last September. As the automotive industry shifts toward electric cars, more and more automakers have entered into partnerships as a way to keep costs down. For Honda, the partnership is crucial to bringing some important electric vehicles into its lineup. Additionally, Honda is looking to focus on being carbon-neutral by 2050, as President Joe Biden has set his sights on zero-emission vehicles.
“We’ve got to now focus all of our energies in this direction to meet timelines,” said Gardner.
Apparently, both electric vehicles will be SUVs, which isn’t surprising as SUVs have become some of the most popular vehicles in the U.S. One electric SUV will come from Honda, while the other will be an Acura. Honda is planning to offer more details about its upcoming EV later this year, but we’ll have to wait a little longer to get details on Acura’s variant.
It’s not surprising to hear Honda’s plans. The electric SUV from Honda would probably take on the Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona, and Chevrolet Bolt EUV, while Acura’s option would be more of a competitor for the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E.