Honda will launch an electric car based on Jazz in China
Honda is working on an ambitious offensive of models related to sustainable mobility. In the short term, its European range will be electrified and the first battery electric car to be commercialized in the old continent will come onto the market, the production version of the Honda Urban EV Concept. Moreover, the manufacturer recently confirmed that it will open the order book for this model at the beginning of next year.
But, beyond its roadmap for Europe, Honda has equally ambitious plans for other equally relevant markets, such as China. According to information published by a well-known Japanese digital media, Honda is finalizing the details to establish a strategic collaboration with the company Contemporary Amperex Technology. The result of this collaboration will be new batteries that will be used in the new electric car that the brand plans.
The new Honda Jazz, known outside of Europe as Honda Fit, will be the vehicle used as the basis for the development of the new electric car that is scheduled to introduce Honda in China. If the reports are correct, it will disembark in the Chinese dealers in the first half of 2020. It will be part of the new launches that Honda will carry out in the Asian giant.
One of the keys to Honda’s new electric car based on Jazz will be its price. It will be positioned as one of the most affordable options in its category and is expected to start from 15,675 euros. And although the batteries will be the new development, the truth is that they will not have a large capacity, although it will offer an acceptable autonomy. The brand will look for the balance between the price of batteries and autonomy. The 300 kilometres are shuffled.
On the other hand, and according to the information of the Japanese newspaper, Honda will consider in the future take this affordable electric car to other markets. Everything will depend on your success in China. And is that the annual sales targets that the brand has set are very ambitious. They expect to reach an annual volume of 100,000 units. The price and autonomy will be key to get a mass vehicle.
It is important to remember that in the past the Honda Jazz has already had an electric version. It was presented in 2011 during the Los Angeles Auto Show and was marketed in the United States, obtaining some unremarkable sales results. It had a 20 kWh battery that allowed it to homologate a range of 130 kilometres. Its electric motor of 92 kW (125 hp) allowed it to reach a top speed of 140 km / h.