Last month, Honda confirmed it will be closing its Swindon car plant in 2021, with the loss of circa 3,500 jobs. Such news serves a devastating blow to the UK manufacturing industry, especially the impact it will have on the Swindon Community.
At the time, Ian Howell's, senior vice president for Honda in Europe insisted that Honda's decision was not brexit-related but due to global changes in the car industry and the need to launch electric vehicles.
Less than a month after the announcement, Honda are grabbing all the headlines with regards to electrification by confirming 100% of its new vehicles sold in Europe will be electrified by 2025.
Furthermore, with reports that they intend on using the e-prototype platform for further compact models in future, as well as confirmation of their investment into Berlin-based charging infrastructure company Ubitricity, it looks like Honda's strive towards electrification is gathering pace considerably. My only hope is that they focus more on BEVs and slowly move away from hybrids...
Honda is intensifying their electrification strategy in Europe: The Japanese manufacturer is now announcing that 100 percent of its new vehicles sold in Europe will be equipped with an electrified drive system by 2025.