Honda and Hitachi Automotive Systems(HAS) – Hitachi’s Auto Parts subsidiary company announced a joint venture to set up a new electric vehicle company to develop, manufacture and sell electric vehicles(EV).
The Japanese Automaker and Auto Parts company are both investing 5¥ billion (£34 million or $44.68 million) on setting up a new electric vehicle company. Hitachi Automotive Systems(HAS) will hold a controlling stake at 51% and Honda at 49%.
“Producing motors is capital-intensive, so rather than just manufacturing them for our own purposes, we would like to produce in large volumes with the possibility of supplying a variety of customers”, Honda Chief Executive Officer Takahiro Hachigo
Honda has begun shifting their focus more towards investing in development of electric vehicles(EV) in this fast paced global demand, spurred by new emissions legislation in large markets like China.
Honda is the leader in the development of hydrogen-powered cars with recently launched new Clarity Fuel Cell revealed at Geneva Motor Show last year. The Honda Clarity was the first production saloon to house an entire fuel cell powertrain under the bonnet and deliver up to 385 miles on a 3 minute fill up.
Honda has confirmed that they will launch two new electric vehicles by 2018, but it hasn’t confirmed if the new vehicles will be under the new electric vehicle company. The new electric vehicle is expected to be revealed at Frankfurt Auto Show held in Germany this September.
Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said the first model will feature like, “a high-density, lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and the evolution of energy transfer functions – to and from the vehicle”.
With this move, Honda is planning to meet its ambitious, self-target for two-thirds of its sales to be of electrified vehicles by 2025. The target was announced as Honda had already formed a new Electric Vehicle Development Division back in 2016.
We are looking forward to the Frankfurt Auto Show to be held in Germany from 14-24 September 2017. Lets see what Honda and Hitachi tie-up surprises the world with in the green car segment.