Honda Leaves F1 Program to Focus on EVs

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After 50 years of F1 excellence, Honda has decided to turn its attention away from the racing scene, at least for now. Instead, the Japanese carmaker will be looking towards becoming eco-friendlier, focusing its resources on battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology after the 2021 F1 season.

“Honda needs to funnel its corporate resources in research and development into the areas of future power-unit and energy technologies, including fuel-cell vehicle and battery EV technologies, which will be the core of carbon-free technologies,” said the carmaker in a press release.

Just because it’s leaving the F1 world at the moment, though, doesn’t mean it’s leaving racing behind entirely. Honda confirmed that it will have a multi-year extension to its IndyCar engine program. The carmaker will even begin supplying hybrid powertrains as soon as 2023. There’s even talk that the brand might come back with a new vehicle for the all-electric Formula E series.

This isn’t the first time that Honda has left F1. It’s been on-again, off-again with the racing series since the 1960s. Recently, though, it’s been working as its own team, and has also provided engines to other teams for over five decades. In 2019, three F1 races were won by Honda-powered vehicles, and two vehicles from Honda have won so far in 2020.

In moving away from F1 to focus on more eco-friendly vehicles, Honda is looking to help achieve its goal to have carbon-neutral operations by 2050.

To learn more about Honda’s environmental aspirations — and for news about its performance in this year’s F1 racing season — don’t hesitate to contact us at Bryan Honda.

Honda May Be Developing a Pilot Plug-in Hybrid Model

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

There is no denying the growing popularity of hybrids and other electrified vehicles in the United States. Americans are realizing their benefits go beyond simple spending less on gasoline. That is why it is exciting to learn that Honda may be getting a Pilot plug-in hybrid model ready.

Recently, Automotive News captured some spy shots of a Pilot model with two fueling doors, implying that one of them could be a port for a plug. The Pilot is already a popular choice among families. It has been going through a sales surge with a 36.1% sales increase in May 2018 compared to May 2017.

This is why a plug-in hybrid model would fit in perfectly with Honda’s plan to have two-thirds of its sales be electrified by 2030. Honda currently has three other electrified models in the its lineup, the Accord, Clarity, and Insight. The addition of an electrified crossover could be a big boom for Honda.

There are currently plans for a Pilot refresh for the 2019 model year that will likely include a new grille, revised headlights, and a new front fascia. Perhaps Honda will surprise us with a new plug-in hybrid option. But, it is too soon to tell.

The Honda Pilot is already one of our most popular vehicles at Bryan Honda. We can’t wait to see how a plug-in hybrid would be received.