Soon after a speculative report suggested that the upcoming Honda FCV sedan may spawn an all-electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the future, a new report published by Nikkei, says that the Honda’s forthcoming all-electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid models will be based on the same platform as the Honda FCV sedan that will have its world premiere at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show this month.
Both EV and PHEV variants are set to be launched in Japan, USA and Europe in 2018. As predicted, the reason behind using the same platform is saving on development and production costs. First, prototypes will be made in small quantities by the company’s R&D unit in Japan and then, starting in 2018, mass production will commence at the Sayama Plant near Tokyo, Japan.
The Honda FCV sedan (tentative name), although being a mass-production model, won’t be produced in big numbers in the beginning. Only around 400 units will be built initially, but this number will be increased to around 1,500 in 2020. The report also says that the company will make more than 35,000 EVs and PHEVs in 2020. 70% of the total units are planned to be sold in the U.S.
The chassis of the FCV sedan and the forthcoming EV and PHEV will be the same, but their power source, such as high-capacity batteries for EV and FCV, will be different. Thanks to the usage of a common platform, Honda will be able to make the alternative powertrain vehicles on the same production line.