Washington. The Japanese manufacturer Honda announced on Friday its commitment that from 2040 it will only sell electric vehicles in North America, for which it will accelerate its program of development of cars and autonomous driving technologies.
Honda said that by 2030 it expects 40% of its sales in North America to be battery and fuel cell vehicles, a percentage that will reach 80% in 2035.
Honda currently sells only hybrid versions of its CR-V, Accord, Insight and Clarity models in North America, as well as the fuel cell version of the Clarity saloon.
Honda’s announcement comes a day after US President Joe Biden announced during a climate leaders summit that the United States will cut its greenhouse emissions by 50% by 2050.
Biden has made the fight against climate change one of the pillars of his policy.
Honda revealed that starting in 2025 it will launch in North America a series of electric vehicles produced with a new platform called e: Architecture, but before that, in 2023, it will market 2 large-size cars of this type, using the Ultium platform of General Motors (GM ).
One of these vehicles will be sold as Honda, while the other will be Acura, the Japanese manufacturer’s high-end brand.
In recent months, the major automakers in North America have pledged to accelerate the electrification of their vehicle ranges.
GM, America’s leading automaker, signaled earlier this year its intention to phase out vehicles with combustion engines by 2035 and investing $ 27 billion by 2025 to produce electric vehicles.
In addition, GM will begin delivery of the first units of the GMC Hummer EV electric pickup later this year.
For its part, Ford, which has also announced ambitious plans to electrify its vehicles, has already started marketing the Mustang Mach-E SUV.