Honda Motor Europe is following its recent announcement to end diesel vehicle sales by revising its plan to sell only electric and hybrid cars in Europe in the next few years.
The Japanese automaker made noise earlier this year when officials said they planned to shift European sales to be all electric by 2025, but the Wednesday revelation accelerates that timeframe to 2022. Diesel sales will end in 2021.
“By 2022 we are confident we can have the full range electrified and actually deliver something quite extraordinary,” Tom Gardner, senior vice president at Honda Motor Europe, said during an event in Amsterdam, according to Reuters.
Honda took the covers off its new hybrid-electric Jazz, which is produced for the European market. Honda also revealed its new ‘e: Technology’ branding, which will unify all electrified products from across the business under the same global name.
“We see a big change happening in Europe and today we are announcing our response to that,” he said.
“We can also feel the fact that the market around us is expanding. Obviously the legislation around the environment is getting clearer as well. It is the track we are on in terms of the development of the new fully electrified line-up.”
The company’s autos get new names to reflect the move to a more environmentally friendly portfolio. The badging will denote the type of powertrain; Jazz will be the first vehicle to carry the “e:HEV” branding, standing for “Hybrid Electric Vehicle.”
In the case of the Jazz, the hybrid set up is a little different. Typically, a small motor charges the battery that runs the car; however, that’s reversed in the Jazz. The result is immediate acceleration of an electric vehicle matched to Honda’s unique control technology — offering outstanding environmental performance without compromising driver enjoyment, officials note.
Honda have also confirmed how it will reach this ambition. Including the all-new Jazz and Honda e, six electrified models will be launched for the European market in the next 36 months. This includes a further battery electric vehicle and a range of e:HEV equipped models.
“This shift to electrification will change the face of our model line-up considerably,” Gardner said. “Our two-motor hybrid technology will be spread across the model range and we will bring further battery electric product to the market.”
The Jazz, which arrives early next year, is joined by the already available Honda e, a small battery-electric city car.
The European Union is implementing new mandates next year to reduce carbon dioxide vehicle emissions from. Automakers are scrambling to meet the new benchmarks and avoid heavy fines and an influx of new electric vehicles is part of that strategy.