In June 2022, the Honda Group—which comprises all of Honda’s entities as a global company—officially released the Honda Sustainability Report 2022. This new 190-page report offers details on what Honda has been doing since its last sustainability report in 2021. where is it going.
Since we are RideApart, of course, our main interest is in the motorcycle business—and there have been several updates to Honda’s progress that we have been following over the last few years. But first, we have to talk about the biggest news.
Remember Honda’s zero-emissions plan for all its vehicles by 2040? To achieve that goal, Honda recently announced a goal to have 15 percent of motorcycle sales, 30 percent of car sales, and 36 percent of electric power product sales by 2030.
As Honda itself notes elsewhere in this report, that’s a tricky one. It is now the end of June 2022—and the percentage of sales of electrical products in each of these categories for this year is quite minimal.
According to Honda’s own report, only 0.01 percent of its motorcycle sales in 2022 will be electric. (To be clear, Honda also includes scooters and e-bikes in its electric motorcycle category.) About 0.37 percent of car sales in 2022 will be electric, and 0.52 percent of power product sales.
When considering these rather small numbers, it’s important to keep a little context in mind. One, until the end of June 2022, Honda has not operated in the electric two-wheel space for a long time. That’s a fact that has long been commented on by moto lovers. Of course, Honda isn’t the only legacy OEM interested in electrification—but Honda has been part of the package, until recently. Second, although Honda is a global company, not all of its products are available everywhere—and so far this is true for its electrified products.
However, as Honda made more electric products available in more places, it seemed to more people that more people would buy them if they had the chance. Obviously, factors such as price, availability and parts availability (as the world continues to grapple with supply chain issues) will also play their part.
Honda Mobile Power Pack Expansion in India
That brings us to another interesting piece of news that Honda reveals in this report. Remember Honda Mobile Power Pack? It is the interchangeable battery used in :e its fleet of electric commercial scooters, Benly: e, current account: eand Gyro Canopy: e (and why not Benl:e and Canop:e, we’ll never know).
Back in June 2021, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India starts testing HMPP for use in electric tricycles, as an alternative to exchangeable batteries. Today, most rickshaws use compressed natural gas, and the number of rickshaws operating in the country is estimated at more than eight million. Since combustion-powered tricycles are such a popular form of transportation, and India is currently pursuing aggressive electrification goals, the math behind this move is pretty self-explanatory.
Fast forward to June 2022, and Honda announced that it is officially launching its own battery sharing service for Indian electric tricycles. If all goes according to plan, it will roll out sometime in the first half of 2023. Full details on the launch plan haven’t been announced yet, but it will definitely be announced in the coming months. Honda is also planning mass production of its battery packs for use in these tricycles in India.
Honda Sensing 360, Safe and Convenient Technology, and Motorcycles
As another piece of Honda’s sustainability puzzle, the company provides a bit more information about 360 . sensing and Safe and Sound Technology plan. Honda occupies quite a unique space, straddling the world of motorcycles and cars. That’s why the company says it has a unique responsibility, and has set its rather lofty goal of reducing traffic crash deaths involving Honda vehicles to zero by 2050. (We’re not at all sure that’s possible, because humans will still be humans, but it’s good that Honda is trying.)
While Honda doesn’t provide specifics about Safe and Voice, it does talk a bit more about how to imagine all kinds of connected devices working together to communicate real-time information in traffic. If you use a lot of connected devices in your home, you may already be living in a microcosm of the world Honda envisioned, where all smart vehicles communicate with each other, with cameras, cell phones, and various electronic devices. on the streets every day.
Honda also mentions the Connected Motorcycle Consortium (CMC) Next in its report, which also includes Yamaha Motor Company Limited, BMW Motorrad, KTM AG, and others. The consortium has collected and analyzed data from motorcycle crashes. At FY2023, Honda said, the Consortium will take what has been learned and come up with concrete solutions to prevent motorcycle collisions.
Many issues still need to be addressed here, not least of which are massive data mining and privacy concerns. However, Honda saw this kind of communication network as the future of all its vehicles—including its motorcycles.
Honda Motorcycle End of Life Recycling Program
Honda also talked about the initiative to join forces with other OEMs in Japan, starting in October 2004. These OEMs, together with participating motorcycle importers, started recycling motorcycles that were out of service at that time. Under the scheme, expired motorcycles are collected at dealers and designated collection points, and then recycled free of charge.
According to Honda’s report, a total of 1,359 Honda products were collected and recycled by 2022, which is about 66.2 percent of all bicycles collected that year. When Honda and other OEMs began participating in the program in 2004, it was a world first—and it will still not be common practice in 2022.
Now, this must be work Japan’s 2002 Law on Recycling Out of Life Vehicles. That type of legislation isn’t very common elsewhere in 2022. However, the development of similar programs elsewhere in the world—and especially if global players like Honda are involved—could help encourage proper vehicle disposal. which can no longer be used.