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Honda EVs Plan For India- “Project Vidyut”
Honda 2 Wheelers India has just announced exciting plans for the Indian market – the launch of two electric two-wheelers in FY24 with one vehicle coming with a fixed battery and one scooter that will come with a swappable battery!
Apart from that, the other announcement from Honda is they have decided to set up 23 battery swap stations starting from Bengaluru. The e-package technology, which will consist of a battery swapping system, battery management system, and charging infrastructure, will be offered to OEMs(Original equipment manufacturers) who can integrate it into their electric vehicle models.
Honda’s Mid-Range Electric Scooter
However, the mid-range electric two-wheelers will undoubtedly help the company in its mission to reach a one million annual EV production milestone by 2030. This vehicle will come with a fixed battery that can be charged.
Honda’s New Manufacturing Facility
The electric two-wheelers of Honda will be manufactured at the Narasapura facility in Karnataka and will be exported to global markets as well. This facility will have a capacity of 1 million vehicles annually.
Honda Battery Charging Stations
As part of its commitment to the EV market, Honda aims to launch 6,000 touchpoints nationwide to help EV owners with battery charging. This is a significant move that will provide much-needed infrastructure for EV users in India.
Honda Platform E
But that’s not all – Honda has also revealed that it is working on a dedicated platform for its electric two-wheelers called Platform E. The platform is perfectly suitable for managing both fixed and swappable battery manufacturing units.
Words by Management
MD, President, and CEO Atsushi Ogata of Honda expressed the company’s ambitious EV strategy. Honda aims for EVs and FCVs(Fuel cell vehicles) to contribute 100 percent to the total sales of the brand by 2040.
“In line with Honda’s global direction to increase electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles unit sales ratio to 100 percent by 2040, we will continue to improve the efficiency of ICE engines with the introduction of flex-fuel engines and follow government direction for alternate fuels while expanding electrification of models and ecosystem,” he said.
So, the future looks bright for Honda and the Indian EV market. I’m excited to see what Honda’s two new electric two-wheelers will look like and what impact they will have on the industry. With so many announcements underway, it is noteworthy to note that Honda will have a dedicated EV manufacturing facility. Not just this, but the company’s plan to offer swappable batteries is also taking bold steps towards a cleaner, greener future.