Honda Motor has reported in recent hours that it will gradually eliminate all diesel cars by 2021 in order to favor models with electric propulsion systems, as the Japanese automaker focuses the electrification of all its European cars by 2025 .
Honda is the last car manufacturer that cuts diesel car production to comply with strict global emissions regulations. The plan is part of its long-term goal to make electric cars, including all battery electric vehicles, account for two-thirds of their lineups by 2030 from now less than 10%.
For next year, according to the European Union's emission targets, CO2 should be reduced to 95 grams per km for 95% of cars from the current average of 120.5 grams, a figure that has increased lately as the consumers reject low-fuel diesel engines and adopt SUVs. All new cars in the EU must comply with the standards in 2021 .
For Honda, the decline in demand for diesel vehicles and the stricter emission regulations have clouded its manufacturing prospects in Europe .
Honda said in February that it would close its only British car plant in 2021 with the loss of up to 3,500 jobs.
Japan's third automaker has said it will reduce the number of car model variations to one third of current offers by 2025, reducing global production costs by 10% and redirecting those savings towards advanced research and development. .
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