Honda became the latest automaker to promise an emissions-free future.
On Friday, In his first press conference as CEO of the Japanese automaker, Toshihiro Mibe said the company “will strive” to sell only battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles by 2040 in the three major markets where it primarily sells cars — North America, China, and Japan.
Honda is not a major player in the European car market, though tougher environmental rules in Europe will probably force it to sell only emissions-free vehicles there as well. Honda also said globally it expects to sell 40% emissions-free vehicles by 2030, and 80% by 2035.
Honda’s decision comes after General Motors (GM) announcement in January of its “aspiration” to sell only emissions-free cars by 2035.
Ford (F) has said it plans to sell only electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030.
Volvo said in March it plans to go fully electric worldwide by 2030. Virtually all automakers are ramping up production plans for electric vehicles to meet increasingly tougher and more expensive environmental regulations.
President Joe Biden this week announced a new goal: By 2030, the United States will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% below 2005 emissions levels.
Various governments have announced rules that would require either plug-in hybrids or emissions-free cars by various dates in the future.