Emissions rules within the EU are getting tighter, and the legislation offers for substantial fines for automakers that may’t comply—in some instances, as a lot as €2,375 per automotive bought. That is the explanation that European EV gross sales have been hovering, and European automakers have a large variety of new electrified fashions of their pipelines (did you actually assume it was as a result of automotive consumers have been involved about local weather change?).
For Honda, an electrification laggard that has solely a minor presence (a few 1% market share) within the European market, the automotive that was speculated to deliver it into compliance is the Honda e. Alas, gross sales of the brand new EV have been lackluster—solely round 1,000 items year-to-date, in keeping with the European Electrical Automotive Report.
By all accounts, the Honda e is a high quality automotive—CleanTechnica calls it “an engineering tour de power from Group Honda.” Top Gear stories that it’s loaded with the newest technological goodies, together with 100 kW DC quick charging, a formidable menu of driver help techniques and a generous-size touchscreen.
The issue appears to be the competitors. The Honda e is a compact metropolis automotive that sports activities a 35.5 kWh battery pack and both 134 bhp or 152 bhp of energy. The place it comes up brief is its vary, which tops out at 137 miles. The similarly-priced, similar-size Renault Zoe gives 245 miles (on the WLTP testing cycle), and is the best- or second-best-selling mannequin in lots of European markets.
In what could or is probably not a associated growth, Honda has opted to comply with its fellow electro-skeptic Fiat Chrysler in becoming a member of Tesla’s zero-emissions credit score pool. That is equal to purchasing ZEV credit in California—another for automakers who can’t or gained’t promote sufficient of their very own EVs to fulfill the emissions rules and keep away from paying fines.
In 2019, Fiat Chrysler reached a cope with Tesla that includes paying the California EV-maker hundreds of millions of euros. It’s unknown how a lot Honda can be shelling out. Different automakers are wheeling and dealing as effectively— Ford can be pooling its fleet with Volvo, which expects to have a surplus of credit.
A Honda spokesperson stated that pooling with Tesla is a further measure to achieve compliance. The corporate can also be launching electrical and hybrid variations of its CR-V and Jazz fashions.