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Honda plans electric-only model amid green offerings

Japanese automaker also puts electric scooters on agenda for next year

Honda looks to develop an electric-only vehicle beyond a model targeted only for China.

TOKYO -- Honda Motor looks to develop an electric-only car model for wide sale internationally, while also continuing work on plug-in hybrids as well as fuel-cell vehicles, the Japanese automaker said Thursday.

This planned electric vehicle is intended for sales outside China, where Honda already has a model expected to debut in 2018. The company aims to improve battery efficiency and make driving smoother, while also designing a new car platform.

Honda seeks to introduce the model this fall, and also launch a two-wheeled electric scooter next year.

The automaker established an electric vehicle development division last fall.

Honda also will enact modular strategies that involve sharing parts and units, starting with vehicle models planned for sales in 2019. Regions with similar customer needs will be encouraged to cooperate to develop shared regional car models.

(Nikkei)

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