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Honda Hopes ‘O Series’ EVs Can Supercharge Electric Push

The Japanese auto giant also showed off two concept models at the CES trade show in Las Vegas as it eyes a fully electric range by 2040

A Honda SUV e:Prototype electric vehicle (EV) is seen displayed during a media day for the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights
A Honda SUV e:Prototype electric vehicle is seen displayed during a media day for the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China, on April 20, 2021. Photo: Reuters


Japanese automaker Honda Motor has unveiled plans for a new electric vehicle line-up, dubbed the ‘O Series’, as it steps up its efforts to catch up with rivals further along the road in the switch to battery-powered cars.

Honda also lifted the sheets on two concept models at the CES trade show in Las Vegas that it hopes will help it reach its goal of having battery-powered and fuel-cell vehicles make up all of its new car sales by 2040.

Japan’s second-biggest car maker has been slow to step up EV sales, lagging behind European and US competitors such as General Motors and Volkswagen, while facing a challenge from newer rivals such as China’s BYD.

The automaker aims to roll out the first models of its new series by 2026, Honda executives told a December media briefing in Tokyo ahead of the announcement. The series will be launched globally, starting from the North American market.

The executives did not share at that briefing details of the series, such as pricing or how many models the company will launch as part of it and how many vehicles it seeks to sell.


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Battery-powered vehicles accounted for less than 0.5% of Honda’s worldwide sales of about 2.8 million cars over the first nine months of 2023, coming to about 11,000 vehicles, according to company data.

It sold about 10,400 of those, or around 93%, in China, but none in North America.

Honda has previously said it plans to build two million EVs globally a year by 2030 and has laid out a target to introduce 30 models powered solely by a battery by that year.

Canadian officials are meeting representatives of Honda this week, a government source said, following a news report that the carmaker was considering building an almost $13.9 billion electric vehicle plant in the country.

“There is a possibility that we will build a plant in Canada,” Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe was quoted by the Nikkei business daily as telling reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas.

One concept model it showcased at the CES trade show was the Saloon, a sedan that was likely to seat four or five passengers.

While parts of its design may still change, the concept was likely to resemble quite closely how the vehicle would look in production, executives said at the Tokyo briefing.

The other concept the automaker unveiled was the Space-Hub, a van-like vehicle that was expected to seat six or seven people, the executives said.

Honda also disclosed its new EV series will sport a revamped logo that will use a more tilted and sleeker design than its existing one.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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