Honda & Toyota have given signals that they are finally set to embrace electric vehicles. For the reasons which were inclusive of national politics, Japanese automakers have been hesitant in embracing the EV revolution. After the disaster at Fukushima, the government of Japan decided that Hydrogen should be the ground for the country’s clean energy future.
Due to the closer tie between Japanese industry & government, it seemed that Honda & Toyota elected to put all of their eggs in the hydrogen basket. They spent massive amounts of money, as well as, time manufacturing hydrogen fuel cell cars, the Mirai for Toyota and the Clarity for Honda. Only Nissan wandered away from the path set by national policy for the development of the LEAF. However, electric cars are in strong demand nowadays. What about fuel cell cars? Not so much.
Honda is almost set to initiate production of the tiny Honda e city car, which will be sold in its home market, as well as, in Europe. However, that car is believed to be too small in size & too short in range for the tastes of Americans, and we will see how well it will compete in Europe against similarly sized & priced Electronic vehicles with much more range.
According to Automotive News, in the prior week, the firm made an announcement that it is working on a modular electric vehicle platform suitable for C & D segment cars. The width of the battery will be fixed, however, its other dimensions will be flexible, also, seat position, vehicle width, wheel size, and ground clearance will be. Consequently, Honda will be able to manufacture larger electric vehicles like SUVs & sedans that attract buyers in North America & China.