Honda planning to develop electric car batteries in China

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Honda Motor Co. has taken a look at China's technology and massive resources and now plans to develop electric car batteries in China, according to Honda CEO Takanobu Ito. In Southern China, Ito told reporters that a breakthrough is required to be able to carry the zero-emission cars into the mainstream. Ito had been in Southern China to announce a plan to raise Guangqi Honda's annual production capacity by a third to 480,000 units.

Honda is likely to lag behind rivals Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., which has partnered with electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. Ito forecasts that electric cars would be able to go mainstream in 10-20 years. For the next several years, Ito said that Honda will be concentrating on hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles.

Honda is mulling over plans to bring electric cars in limited numbers to the US, Europe and Japan; however, it has yet to find a strategic partner that would commit to developing batteries for the vehicles.

Honda actually already has a joint venture with Japan's GS Yuasa Corp to work on lithium-ion batteries for hybrid cars. Honda and GS Yuasa have an agreement that if the need arises, they could work on electric car batteries as well. GS Yuasa is in a joint venture with Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for the development and production of electric car batteries.

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


It wasn’t too long ago when Maserati took the wraps off what appears to be the most gorgeous concept coupe ever made. The Alfieri coupe premiered at the 2014 Geneva...
by - October 23, 2016
Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model....
by - October 21, 2016
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Tagged as the most extreme fuel-cell-powered...
by - October 21, 2016
Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the...
by - October 21, 2016
Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7...
by - October 21, 2016