In recent years, the automotive world has drastically changed its way of driving to be as zero and electric as possible. Electricity distribution is a hot topic, and the European Union is adding fuel to the fire. Honda is one of those manufacturers Of course, he will get used to the restrictions, but he has not yet said the last word. At least that’s what the representatives of the European branch of the brand said at the last event at the research center in Offenbach.
New electrician and ads. Honda will be electric, although not fully
The new e:Ny1 electric model, launched on Friday, is of course just the first steps towards electrifying the Japanese brand. Honda has only released the second car on the list (we tried the first one: the Honda E test) only on electricity, which is very slow compared to the competition so far. The product is clear, at this time, focused on hybrids, which come out fully, in the Civic and in the HR-V.
However, it is not only that Honda specialists are working. In the research center in Offenbach, we saw, among others, a hydrogen station and an electrolyser, producing fuel with hydrogen cells. Next to it, of course, was the Honda Clarity, which is unheard of in Poland, i.e. electric cars powered by this type of fuel.
Honda has been developing hydrogen technology for years, and will be willing to sell its ready-made drives to other manufacturers. However, everything has a “but”. First of all, the question arises: when and if the hydrogen infrastructure will be developed enough to be able to sell this type of vehicle on a large scale?
We all know about the disadvantages of electric cars charged from the “plug”. Strong infrastructure and a comprehensive electricity grid are needed, which in some countries (including Poland) cannot yet be provided.
So there’s one alternative that hasn’t been talked about much yet, and that’s e-fuel.
Vice President of Honda Motor Europe: We are working on it
Bioenergy technology is currently attracting attention and offers the prospect of avoiding the chaos associated with electrification. There is a lot of hope, after all, the Germans have put e-fuels as a condition for signing the law that prohibits the sale of new combustion cars after 2035. One of the manufacturers working on this type of technology is Porsche. In an interview with the press, Tom Gardner, vice president of Honda Motor Europe, confirmed that his company is also joining this race:
E-fuel is a very hot topic right now. This is one of the technologies we are currently working on.
Tom Gardner, Vice President, Honda Motor Europe
As he added later, the basic economic factors are reviewed, such as the price, the production costs of the oil, or its availability and distribution to customers.
E-oil is a synthetic oil, that is, created for the use of energy and water. To reduce emissions as much as possible, Porsche is researching and integrating this technology with wind energy. Thanks to this, “gasoline” can be created in a completely “clean” way, which can also easily power old cars, and the CO2 released by them will be used for the renewal of alternative fuels. This will close the loop, making them “non-zero”.
Gardner also said that this technology will be very useful for motorcycles. This will also ensure a ‘normal’ driving experience for interested customers.
We do not know the specifics yet, the development of the situation depends on two factors: cost and distribution. Of course, Honda will continue to move towards electrification of its kind, but it seems that we cannot be sure that plug-in-only cars will be on the list of priorities of the brand’s engineers.
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