As revealed to the media, Japanese car manufacturer Honda will introduce hybrid cars in India as intermediates in next two years before going fully electric. The company believes that setting up a suitable charging infrastructure in the country will take a while and until then, new products will be available with the hybrid technology.
The hybrid cars are powered by a conventional combustion engine with an electric motor. They return good fuel efficiency figures and lower emission than a conventional combustion engine. Currently, the company sells the Accord Hybrid in India. However, not many auto companies are keen on introducing a hybrid version due to the heavy GST of 28 per cent and cess of 15 per cent, similar to the petrol and diesel luxury cars.
As per the Vision 2030, Honda plans to electrify two-thirds of its global automobile unit sales. The range will include electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEVs), battery electric vehicle (BEVs) and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).