Honda and Volvo made announcement on the same day but at two different locations that the two companies are going for all-electric and plug-in hybrid car version for their latest car model. And no, they are not going to work together to build the next car models.
Honda plans to have plug-in hybrids and fuel cells to account for two-thirds of its total sales by 2030. Its Clarity line which runs on fuel-cells will be available at the end of the year while the all-electric and the plug-in hybrid version will be available in 2017. Honda will be also offering Honda Fit EV or Accord Hybrid which hopefully these two new models will contribute to the total sales.
It seems like plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles will be better than a fuel-cell vehicle as the infrastructure which support them are more developed than the latter especially in the United States. There are also plans to expand the charging infrastructure in the near future but it is predicted that it is going to be slow in realizing it. Hybrid technology will be the best potential to reach the public as when the vehicle has run out of battery, the engine will switch to gasoline-powered and gas stations can be found easily everywhere.
Volvo, on the other hand, will be releasing its first all-electric car a little later than Honda. The company plans to do it in 2019. It is not surprising as Volvo is known to take its time in preparing for the change. To realize this, Volvo has created two vehicle architectures, one large and one small, which can be fitted a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric power train.
Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine SUV will be the first car model which is going to go all-electric followed by S90 full-size sedan. The company goal is to have 1 million electrified vehicles on the road by 2025.