Honda Unveils Electric Cars for China First, Coming in ‘Next 5 Years’

After giving up on approaching an electric vehicle (EV) strategy of its own, Honda is seeking partners for EV manufacturing, and a new announcement shows the company has a more detailed electrification plan, set to begin as soon as 2022.

On Wednesday at a virtual conference, Honda announced a new electrification strategy, including a five-step plan to move to manufacture all EVs and hybrids by 2030, according to a press release.

In addition, the company shared plans to release 10 new Honda EV models in China, called the “e:N Series,” and set to be unveiled over the next five years, with the first two set to go on sale in spring 2022.

The larger five-step plan comes as a bid to reach carbon neutrality through its products by 2050, along with hopes to begin production on a number of the new EVs as soon as 2024.

The company also announced the use of its new advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) beginning in China in 2022, called Honda SENSING 360, which the company considers an “omnidirectional ADAS” that helps it shoot towards the goal of reaching zero traffic collision fatalities by 2050.

The first two EVs from Honda’s e:N Series include the e:NS1 and e:NP1, which will be sold next year by Dongfeng Honda and GAC Honda, respectively.

Honda says it envisions “exporting these models from China,” particularly the e:N Series.