Honda’s electric dreams: robots, eVTOL craft and a new SUV

Honda will launch a small electric SUV called the e:Ny1 next year in Europe. They are also currently working on an electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL), craft, and multi-fingered robot as part a broad electrification strategy that literally goes beyond Earth.

Honda has shown off a concept of the new SUV. It will be a B segment machine, and it is expected to be roughly equal in length and width to current petrol-engined Honda Jazz.

Although the company has not revealed any technical details about the machine, the company has said it will offer the “unique combination of dynamics, technology, and design that Honda is famous for” and will be “a great choice for families looking to buy their first electric vehicle.”

The Honda e:Ny1 will join the Honda e-city car as the second battery-electric car in Honda’s UK lineup. Although the machine’s retro styling has attracted many admirers, its 137-mile range and small range have limited its appeal. Expect the e:Ny1 to have bigger batteries and a greater range.

Honda has pledged to stop all sales of internal combustion engines worldwide by 2040. The entire European range of Honda’s vehicles will be electrified by the end this year, through hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

According to the firm, it is investing in a multi-pathway strategy to reach its carbon neutrality commitment. This includes investment in a variety of zero-emission technology, including solid-state batteries and swappable batteries as well as carbon neutral efuels and hydrogen.

Honda’s ambitions don’t stop at cars. They are also working on an electric vehicle for city transport and an AI-operated, multi-finger Honda Avator Robot to replace ASIMO. Although there’s no timetable for the eVTOL craft yet, it will be revealed at the end with the goal of being “practical” in use.

Honda is also working to improve its energy management business. Honda has provided a number of e cars and power managers units to the V2X Suisse consortium, which is currently testing bidirectional charging systems in Switzerland.

Don’t be misled by Honda’s electric ambitions on Earth. The firm claims it is working with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in order to utilize its hydrogen fuel cell technology for life support for future lunar outposts.