Are we looking at the rumored electric NSX?
A summary of Honda’s briefing for its automotive electrification business has been issued. It was accompanied by a preview for two new electric sports cars due to join the roster. A teaser image was included with the announcement, which you can see at the top of this page.
The vehicles seen in the teaser image are still unknown, although the one on the right appears to be a replacement for the existing Honda NSX (or Acura NSX in the US).
The hybrid mid-engine sports coupe is, as we all know, on its way out, but it has been reported since last year that it may return as an all-electric vehicle, as Acura Vice President and Brand Officer Jon Ikeda himself revealed.
Is this the first glimpse of the Honda NSX EV? We’ll have to wait and see, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it is. Only the other car on the left, which appears to be a grand tourer, remains a mystery. The two electric sports vehicles will be a speciality and a flagship model, respectively, and will be released globally, according to Honda.
Honda also revealed details about its updated electric vehicle plans, which include the debut of EVs in three major markets: North America, China, and Japan.
In North America, Honda will introduce two mid- to large-size EVs in 2024, currently being developed jointly with GM – the all-new Honda Prologue SUV and a new EV SUV for Acura. In China, Honda will introduce a total of 10 new EV models by 2027. For Japan, Honda is looking at a commercial-use mini-EV model by early 2024, then personal-use mini-EVs and EV SUVs.
Through its cooperation with GM, Honda hopes to introduce inexpensive EVs in the second half of the 2020s (beginning in North America) by 2027. In 2026, Honda will also start using the Honda e: Architecture.
Honda expects to launch 30 electric vehicles worldwide by 2030. The annual production output is expected to exceed 2 million units. All-solid-state batteries are also being developed, which is comparable to what Nissan recently announced.
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