Japanese carmaker Honda has announced plans to stop the production of petrol- and diesel-powered cars by 2040. In addition, 40% of all cars produced by the company will be emissions-free, either electric or fuel-cell driven, by 2030. The company also plans to introduce electric motorcycles and scooters to the market. At the moment, Honda does not have very many electric vehicles in its production.
Honda has become a partner of American carmaker General Motors and has agreed to use GM batteries in its new electric cars. It also wants to develop driver-assisted software in order to make cars safer and prevent accidents.
Honda is one of many car producers that have promised to make cars emissions-free. Such cars will become more affordable because of cheaper batteries. They will also provide more range. Currently, only a very small part of cars sold worldwide are electric.
Carmakers are reacting to government plans which are to ban all diesel and petrol cars by a certain date in the future.
- affordable = cheap enough for most people to be able to buy it
- ban = forbid, not allow
- currently = at the moment, now
- develop = design or create something new
- driver-assisted = here: program that helps a driver drive a car
- emissions-free = when no gases get into the atmosphere
- fuel-cell = machine in which oxygen and hydrogen are used to produce electricity
- in addition = also
- range = here: how far you can drive
- vehicle = machine with an engine that is used to take people or products from one place to another