Honda announced Monday that it will introduce an electric SUV called the Prologue, marking the automaker's first attempt to sell an EV in high volume as it pivots away from gasoline-powered cars.
The launch is part of Honda's recently announced plan to switch to all zero-emission vehicles in North America by 2040, including battery-electric cars and hydrogen vehicles.
"Our zero-emission focus has begun," Dave Gardner, executive vice president of American Honda, said on a conference call.
When the Prologue arrives in 2024, the company expects U.S. sales of the new vehicle to reach the levels of two of its most popular SUVs, the Passport and Pilot.
Gardner said the 2024 Prologue is being developed in partnership with General Motors, whose battery system will be used on the vehicle. The two automakers have been closely collaborating on several projects.
The automaker declined to reveal any details about the vehicle's price, technical specifications or appearance.
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Honda's move away from gas-powered cars and trucks is part of a larger industry shift. After years of sluggish adoption, electric vehicles are poised for a sharp increase in sales, new products and investments that could eventually make the gasoline engine a thing of the past. Recently, other established automakers like GM, Volvo and Jaguar have announced commitments to phase out gas-powered vehicles. And Tesla's lineup has always been fully electric.
Plus, the arrival of the Biden administration and a Senate controlled by Democrats are giving electric car proponents hope for a new round of tax incentives to encourage electric car buying.
Honda said Monday that it will debut an electric SUV for its luxury Acura lineup in 2024. That vehicle will also be based on GM's battery platform, but in the succeeding years, Honda plans to produce EVs based on its own system.
It won't be the first time Honda has sold EVs in the U.S. The automaker sold an electric version of its Clarity sedan but recently decided to discontinue that model, which was never intended to sell in high quantities.
GM has said that vehicles made through its partnership with Honda will be assembled in North America.
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