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November 22, 2021
Posted by Chloe Taylor

When Will Honda Launch Its First EV In North America?

Honda fans living in the US that want to lease a Honda EV might have to wait for a little longer because the Japanese automaker is not set to offer an EV to the US market, not till the next couple of years. Nevertheless, they can always go for other Honda plug-in hybrids like the Honda Clarity, especially for the diehard Honda fans.

Honda has announced that its first EV to the American market will be out by 2024. With that, Honda might be the last automaker to utilize the booming EV sector in the American auto market. Already, Honda offers a short-range fully electric car in Europe with the nameplate, Honda E.

Compared to other brands offering mainstream vehicles, Honda is surprisingly the last brand that would offer a fully electric car to the US. However, the Japanese brand has addressed the situation, revealing its plan for 70,000 electric SUVs in 2024. Honda’s “first volume BEV,” the Honda Prologue, will be built on the GM’s Ultium electric platform.

The Unavailable Honda EV

While the first Honda EV to grace the North American market will be the Prologue, Honda currently offers an EV to the European and Japanese markets. The Honda E is a delectable little hatchback with excellent bodywork and a small but comfy cabin. This Honda electric hatchback boasts a 35.5-kWh battery and a rear-mounted electric motor that pairs to generate 134 to 152 horsepower. According to Honda, this battery pack can be charged from 0 to 80 percent within 30 minutes. It also gets a 124-137 miles driving range per charge.

Honda Prologue

The Honda Prologue would be the first Honda EV in the North American market when it becomes available either in late 2023 or 2024. Thanks to the partnership between Honda and General Motors, the upcoming Honda Prologue will be built on the GM’s EV platform, which features an Ultium battery pack. This is the same architecture where most GM’s EVs, including the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV, are built. However, Honda has assured that while its first EV to the American market will be from the GM’s platform, the Japanese automaker will be responsible for everything about the Prologue, from design to interior and technology.

While Honda is yet to divulge much info about the 2024 Prologue, we expect this first Honda EV attempt to the US market will come as either midsize SUV or compact SUV EV. And while it is clear that it will utilize the GM’s Ultium battery technology, the all-new Prologue might come with the familiar Lyriq’s 100-kWh battery pack and a driving range of up to 300 miles on a full charge.

Honda might be a tad late in delivering its EVs, but this Japanese automaker is not entirely new to the EV game. You can either decide to wait for the Honda EV or lease a Honda hybrid car. Whichever you decide to go with, rest assured of getting the lowest possible lease rates when you lease with VIP Auto. Reach out to VIP Auto today at 1204 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

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