Honda confirmed that the next-generation Jazz will be offered exclusively with a hybrid powertrain option in Europe, as part of the company's electrification strategy.
The announcement came at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where the Japanese car maker showed the production version of the Honda e, their first production electric vehicle.
Honda’s "Electric Vision" strategy for Europe includes having all of its models offered with an electrified powertrain by 2025. Currently the only hybrid Honda offered in Europe is the CR-V Hybrid.
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"In 2020, Honda will launch the next generation Jazz and today, we can confirm that this model will be introduced into Europe with hybrid technology as the sole powertrain option," said Tom Gardner, Honda Motor Europe Senior Vice President.
The next-gen Honda Jazz, which has been spotted testing on public roads, is expected to feature the company’s i-MMD dual-motor hybrid system. We still don’t know the petrol engine Honda intends to use but a fuel-efficient 1.5-liter four-cylinder is expected to make the cut, working together with a CVT transmission.
Honda also revealed its range of charging and energy management solutions; these include the Honda Power Charger, aimed at those who have the option of charging their EV off-street, with the system offering a maximum output of 7.4kW with a single phase power supply and 22kW with a three phase power supply. The latter will enable the Honda e to be fully charged in just 4.1 hours.
Honda also announced its collaboration with charging specialists Ubitricity, as well as presented the Power Manager Prototype. The latter is a bidirectional system that connects EVs to a smart power grid, allowing the distribution of electricity between the vehicle and the grid.