Joining giant automakers like Volkswagen, Volvo, and Jaguar, Japanese car manufacturer Honda has announced its plans to electrify its fleet in the coming years. As part of its commitment to move away from fossil fuels and internal combustion engines, the company will aim to make 100 percent of its car sales electric by 2040.
From 2025 onwards, Honda plans to launch a new lineup of electric vehicles based on an entirely new EV platform called e:Architecture. These battery-electric vehicles will first be introduced in North America and other markets thereafter, and will add to the fleet of large EVs Honda is currently developing in partnership with General Motors.
Honda and GM are also working together on hydrogen fuel technology, which also marks a key part of its strategy to make its vehicles more sustainable. The company hopes that fuel cell and battery-electric vehicles can combine to help it make 40 percent of its car sales electric by 2030, 85 percent by 2035, and 100 percent by 2040.
In addition to electrification, the company will also work to achieve zero road fatalities involving its vehicles by 2050, with the help of improving the intelligence of its driver-assist technologies, as well as promoting educational programs around road safety. All in all, the company is expected to pour $46 billion into research and development around its environmental and safety initiatives by 2027.