Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo expressed his recognition of electric powertrains: “Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are the key to the near future,” he said at the joint interview for all media companies on August 3.
In automobile powertrains, electrification has become essential as a countermeasure to environmental and energy issues, and fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) that use hydrogen energy are viewed as one of the mainstream technologies in the future. CEO Hachigo said, “From the current technology of hybrid vehicles (HV) up to FCVs, the PHEV has the most potential to be in trend globally (in the market). I want to firmly establish this technology.”
Honda has already established PHEV models through the Accord, and he also suggests the consideration of moving on to the development of this type of car model. As for EVs, he pointed out, “The EVs only have limits in usage as of now, such as for commuting.”
On the other hand, he mentioned, “Our company will develop the technology of the whole car in every direction, but we also consider joint developments for its key components if we can,” regarding technical cooperation of electric technology with other companies. Honda is creating a joint business with General Motors (GM) in America for the development of FCVs. He also mentioned regarding the release of FCVs in 2015, “We are currently at the final step of the production but we can release these products as planned.”
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)