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Next-Gen Honda City Electric Version is on Its Way to India

Next-Gen Honda City Electric Version is on Its Way to India

Snapshot: Honda is planning to introduce the Next-Gen Honda City with a compact hybrid system very soon in India. Honda has already tested the new Honda City in Thailand.

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  • The Honda City 2020 will come equipped with a compact hybrid system, as revealed by Honda.

  • The new Honda City is already tested in Thailand. 

The Government of India is pushing for the introduction of electric vehicles and hybrid models into India. Honda, the Japanese carmaker, is developing a compact hybrid system. It could fit into the Honda City 2020 to cater to the growing demand for hybrid vehicles in India. 

Honda has introduced the iMMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) technology in its Honda Sport Hybrid iMMD. This technology, suitable for large vehicles, is currently available in Honda Accord Hybrid. The ex-showroom Delhi price of the Honda Accord at Rs 43.21 lakhs acts as a deterrent.

Honda City 2020

The Honda City in the Japanese market already comes equipped with the iMMD system. However, it could be expensive for India. Hence, it is developing a small-sized version to suit it for Indian roads. Honda plans to introduce this version of the hybrid drive on the next-generation Honda Jazz at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

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Hybrid systems are necessary before transiting to the fully electric car models. Honda's decision to introduce the compact hybrid system underlines the fact that hybrid models are the best alternatives to fully electric automobiles. Takahiro Hachigo, Honda's Global CEO, opines that hybrid technology is the ideal way to comply with CAFE standards. In the absence of the required infrastructure and the lack of knowledge among people to use electric vehicles, hybrid systems are the most practical alternatives. 

Honda has set a target of electrifying two-thirds of all its automobiles by 2030. It also foresees a reduction in the pricing of iMMD technology by one-fourth by 2022. Honda has already tested the new Honda City in Thailand. Apart from the hybrid-petrol version, Honda has plans to introduce a diesel-CVT variant similar to the Honda Amaze

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