On Monday, Honda Motor Co. Ltd has said that it would stop selling all diesel cars by 2021, in favor of models with electric propulsion systems, as it has taken an initiative to electrify all of its European cars by 2025.
Honda is the latest Japanese automaker, which is cutting the production of diesel cars to meet rigid global emissions regulations. The plan is a part of its long-term goal to make electric cars, including all battery-electric vehicles, to account for two-thirds of its line-up by 2030 from less than 10 percent now.
According to the European Union Emission Targets, CO2 must be reduced by coming year to 95gram per Km for 95 percent of cars from the existing 120.5gram average, a figure that has increased as consumers decline fuel-efficient diesel and embrace SUVs. All the latest cars in the European Union must be compliant in 2021.
For Honda, reducing demand for diesel cars and tougher emissions regulations have blackened its manufacturing prospects in Europe.
In February, Honda has said that it would close its only UK car plant in 2021 with the loss of up to 3500 jobs.
Honda is Japan’s third-largest automaker, said that it would cut the number of vehicles model variations to a third of present offerings by 2025, lessen global production costs by 10 percent and redirect those savings toward advanced development and research.