Honda Announces Plans to Go All-Electric by 2040

Honda said on Friday it plans to sell only zero-emissions vehicles across all its major markets by 2040, becoming the latest automaker to set a concrete target date for phasing out gas- and diesel-powered engines.

In North America, the Japanese automaker said it would aim for 40% of its sales to be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030 and plans to increase the proportion to 80% by 2035.

The company also pledged to be carbon neutral in its own operations by 2050.

“Honda wants to continue to be a company that people want to exist,” Honda’s new CEO, Toshihiro Mibe, said in a statement. “That is what we want to achieve.”

Mibe — previously the company’s head of research and development — also said the company would strive for “zero traffic collision fatalities” involving its vehicles, leaning on advanced driver-assistance programs to prevent crashes.

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SOURCE: NPR, Camila Domonoske