To crack the code of building low-cost electric vehicles, Japan's automakers intend to leverage their skills at tried-and-true lean manufacturing and kaizen.
Honda’s Traffic Jam Pilot was the first Level 3 automated-driving system for a production car anywhere in the world. But the reality shows the limits of the technology.
EV production should account for about 40 to 50 percent of Honda's total output in North America in 2030, or around 800,000 battery-electric vehicles.
Japan's automakers are stoking R&D investment to meet mounting demand for a staggering array of technologies. Toyota by far outpaces the pack.
For a house-proud engineering force such as Honda, relying on GM for EV help may be surprising. But Honda expects to return to its old independent prowess in due time.
Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe says his company studied the potential for hydrogen combustion a decade ago but still doesn't see it as feasible for cars.
The 50-50 company will be established this year with the goal of starting EV sales and providing mobility services in 2025. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval.
Toshihiro Mibe is starting a radical revolution that includes rockets, partners and an end to combustion engines.