Safety and the environment are top-of-mind for automaker Honda who says it will accelerate electrification and application of connected safety technologies toward the realization of “carbon neutrality” and “zero traffic collision fatalities.”
Specifically, the carmaker reports it is targeting sales of 100% zero emission electrified vehicles in North America by 2040. Honda is also aiming for zero traffic collision fatalities involving Honda automobiles and motorcycles globally by 2050.
The manufacturer has a solid strategy in place to reach these goals.
EVs Rule the Future
Starting the second half of this decade, Honda will introduce new EV models in North America, based on e:Architecture, a new platform led by Honda. After debuting in North America, the EV models will be introduced to other regions of the world.
Honda is also jointly developing two large-sized EV models using GM’s Ultium batteries. The goal is to introduce these SUVs to the North American market as model year 2024 vehicles — one from Honda brand and the other from Acura brand.
The automaker also notes that it plans to make all-solid-state batteries available for new Honda EV models to be introduced in the second half of the 2020s. Research is underway to increase capacity and reduce costs of the next generation batteries for Honda EVs.
Safety is Top Priority
The automaker is keenly focused on safety as well, striving for zero automobile and motorcycle collision fatalities involving Honda products by 2050.
A key part of the initiative includes the automaker adding omnidirectional ADAS (advanced driver-assistance system) to Honda Sensing technologies, to all new automobile models by 2030. The new safety technologies will enhance the intelligence of current ADAS technologies.
Honda also plans to continue to strengthen its research on safety technologies that enable motorcycles and automobiles to safety share the road.
With its vision of a collision-free society, the company operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash-test facilities in Ohio and Japan. Honda is also known for its trailblazing efforts in collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.