An electrical current is starting to buzz around the automotive world, as even EV skeptics such as Toyota and Chrysler start to explore more electrified options. Now Honda, one of the largest holdouts, has turned the potentiometer up a millivolt or so, announcing that a planned new Chinese plant “will be designed with a concept to accommodate production of electrified automobiles.”
The company noted that demand for EVs is expected to expand, but offered no details.
The new facility, located in the Wuhan region, will be the third production plant for Dongfeng Honda, the Japanese giant’s joint venture in China. It’s scheduled to come online in 2019, with an annual production capacity of 120,000 units.
“Honda sales in China are going strong and [2016 sales] are expected to reach 1.2 million units,” said Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo. “Honda will introduce its highly attractive products equipped with leading-edge technologies…and deliver joys to our customers here in China.”