Time to tell them otherwise.
Last year at Geneva, we asked Honda if there was still a chance its retro-styled Honda e all-electric city car would come to America. "No," was the official answer. However, its platform had been homologated for North America, meaning, eventually, we'll be getting something fully electric from the Japanese automaker. Jump ahead one year and one canceled Geneva Motor Show later, it still does not have an EV for sale in America despite new hybrids, such as the Honda CR-V Hybrid. Will America ever get something as cool as the Honda e?
Unknown, but Europe, once again, is in luck. Automotive News Europe has learned Honda is planning to launch its second all-electric vehicle in Europe by 2022, one of four new electrified cars it will launch between 2021 and 2022. Honda Europe boss Tom Gardner confirmed the news but offered no other details.
Honda is also planning new hybrids, such as a hybrid version of its next-generation Civic, which will arrive next year. A Civic plug-in hybrid is also being considered. Why is Europe getting yet another Honda EV when America has precisely zero? "The regulatory agenda in Europe is accelerating the move to low- and zero-emission technologies faster than anywhere in the world," Gardner said.
Chances are, America will receive something based on the Honda e's platform eventually. Despite its city car size, the Honda e's platform has some flexibility, meaning it can be lengthened if necessary, something that'll surely have to be done for the US. What we're still holding out hope for is a production version of the insanely cool Honda Sports EV Concept, which debuted in 2017.
It shared the Honda e's architecture and demonstrated perfectly what the company's designers and engineers were capable of doing. Perhaps Honda's first EV in America should be something bold. The Honda e certainly is for Europe, and Honda needs to do something equally interesting for its most vital market. The Sports EV Concept fits the bill perfectly. Don't think of it as a successor to the Honda S2000 but rather an example of Honda blending its capability of building fun to drive cars and its latest technologies.
Hopefully, there are enough loud voices at Honda North America making similar demands.