A bold move.
Honda is in the process of launching its first ever production of a plug-in hybrid vehicle in India, with the aim of increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road.
The company is aiming to bring to market as many as 20,000 electric vehicles by the end of 2020, a figure that would double its existing fleet of 40,000.
The move is a bold one and reflects India’s continuing transition to a cleaner and greener economy, with a total of nearly 4,000km of roads, including roadsides, on which EVs will be allowed.
“The company has already committed to providing the technology to 100,000 plug-ins by 2022,” said Praveen Dhikic, a vice-president of the Indian Electric Vehicle Manufacturers Association.
“The plan is to bring the technology into the mass market as soon as possible.”
Honda’s move has been welcomed by some industry experts.
“It is a significant step forward in bringing EV technology to the Indian market,” said Anurag Sharma, an executive director of India’s Electric Vehicles Association.
“In order to make the market safer, more efficient and more fuel efficient, it is important to ensure that EVs have enough range, so that consumers have the flexibility to choose the best choice.”