Honda Motor Co, the Japanese auto major, has begun operating on electric cars considering in mind the thought of India’s push for such vehicles but claimed that an apparent road map is needed for triumphant commercial roll out. The firm, which works in India via a wholly-controlled arm HCIL (Honda Cars India Ltd), has already put in a separate group in its division and research unit for electric cars ever since 2016, a senior official of the company claimed to the media in an interview. “We are known with Indian Government’s push for all-electric cars by the end of 2030. Also, there is a push for electric cars all over the world. So we (Honda) have begun operating on expansion of such cars,” Yoichiro Ueno, President, and CEO of HCIL, claimed to the media in an interview.
Honda has already claimed that 2/3rd of its worldwide sales might originate from electrified cars by the end of 2030. “Already the company has set up an individual team for electric cars in its Research & Development that will aim on expansion of both power train and body for electric cars,” Ueno claimed. When asked how shortly the company can commercially roll out an electric car in India, he claimed that it might depend on many reasons.
“We require an appropriate road map from the government, and charging infrastructure, as well as standardization of specifications, is needed,” he further added. Highlighting the requirement for government backup, Ueno claimed that below the current conditions the cost of an electric variant of a current model might be 2x of that. “So, we will interact our strategies at an appropriate time on electric cars for India,” he claimed to the reporter in an event.
When asked if all the essential measures were taken how shortly might Honda bring electric car in India, Ueno claimed to the media that the firm might be ready to do so by early time of 2020s. He, on the other hand, claimed that the road to electric cars must be built via hybrids for an even transition, permitting battery tech to expand and turn out to be more reasonably priced.