Also last year, shortly after becoming CEO, Mibe said that Honda will phase out internal combustion in automobiles by 2040, relying on full-electric and fuel cell vehicles by then.
Hydrogen combustion may have a future in certain niche applications, Mibe said.
But he did not elaborate on what those might be. Honda makes jet aircraft, Mibe noted, and batteries won't be able to power those. So future jet engines likely will have to run on green e-fuels, he said.
But right now, Honda's equation for automobiles doesn't count on combustion.
"If we look at what will become mainstream, probably for smaller mobility it will be EVs, and fuel cells for larger mobility," Mibe said. "That is the conclusion so far."