Honda has big plans for small hybrids
New CAFE regulations are going to be a "game changer" for the auto industry according to Honda. Unfortunately, for consumers, that is almost certainly going to mean more expensive vehicles reports Green Car Congress.
While Honda believes fuel cells are still the future, the automaker acknowledges that fuel cells are more than a decade away from even small mass production numbers. In the interim, Honda is following electrification, but the automaker believes the battery technology for electrification is still too early to call winners. Thus, in the immediate short term, Honda "will focus on more compact and affordable hybrid technology applied to smaller vehicles."
Hopefully, US automakers don't let Honda and Japan dominate the market for small hybrid cars much the same they did small vehicles in decades past.