Honda to launch modular EV platform by 2025
The new crop of Honda EVs will be sold in the U.S.
Honda has already ruled out its pint-sized e hatchback (pictured) for the United States market, but the automaker is plotting a bigger electric vehicle architecture that will eventually underpin cars and SUV destined for these shores.
Honda hasn't announced exact timing for its new EV platform, but the company promises it will launch before 2025. Like the e, Honda's larger EV models will be rear-wheel drive with a rear-mounted electric motor.
"This new architecture is designed to achieve smooth driving and highly efficient packaging," Ayumu Matsuo, Honda's managing officer in charge of power unit development, told Automotive News. "We believe it will meet the needs of customers who like our C-segment and D-segment models.”
Although rear-drive in base form, Honda's EVs will also offer all-wheel drive through the use of an additional motor mounted at the front axle. Honda is also targeting a perfect 50/50 weight distribution to maximize driving dynamics. Range hasn't been discussed, but Honda says its upcoming EVs are being designed for "long-distance travel.”
Honda wants EVs to account for 15 percent of its global sales by 2030.