Honda has announced that they will stop selling diesel-powered cars in Europe by 2021, as they will focus towards hybrid and electric powertrains, promising to electrify all of their models in the region by 2025.
The Japanese car maker’s long-term plan is to produce electrified and battery-electric models that will account for two-thirds of its lineup by 2030, up from less than 10 percent now, Reuters reports.
Honda’s decision was impacted by declining demand for diesel models and EU’s tougher emission standards. According to the latter, CO2 average must drop to 95 g/km for 95 percent of the new cars sold in the region, down from the current 120.5 gr/km. The measure will apply to all new cars sold in the EU by 2021.
The current Honda CR-V has already ditched a diesel option, with the company offering instead the Hybrid. Honda has already announced that the next-generation Jazz (also known as Fit) will be hybrid-only while the battery-electric E will arrive in the market in early 2020. Honda’s sole diesel models in Europe currently are the Civic and HR-V compact SUV.
Last February Honda announced the closure of its British manufacturing plant in Swindon by 2021, resulting to a loss of up to 3,500 jobs. The company said back then that the closure is part of their global manufacturing network’s restructure, focusing their activity in regions with high production volumes.
Honda’s Swindon plant is currently home to the tenth-generation Civic hatchback and its high-performance version, the Civic Type R.