Honda, let’s think about a business model based on circularity

Honda talks about its vision of future mobility with the Triple action to zero initiative: circular economy and carbon neutrality among the pillars of the transition.

About commitment Honda for the most “free” mobility of people with zero impact on the environment and zero traffic accident victims,” ​​we told you months ago. Meanwhile, the Japanese manufacturer’s road map to move to mobility continues apace. And if the goal is always to achieve carbon neutrality in the background 2050on electrical transition (which includes the development of new fuel cell vehicles hydrogen as we shall see later), the desire to draw on principles circular economy to achieve optimization of the use of resources, whether it is the production of new compact and light cars, as in the case of the electric concept Sustain-Cor new dedicated tools urban mobility like a compact motorcycle Pocket concept.

Honda, so we want to accelerate our transition

“Concept, Pocket Concept and Glass SH125i (limited edition with eco bodywork without popular paint electric scooter) represent the change we intend to make as we accelerate Honda’s transition from a business model based on mass consumption to a business model based on circularity,” he explained to us Victoria’s girlfriend, Head of Product Compliance and Sustainability at Honda Motor Europe. “This cannot happen overnight”, emphasized Friend, “but by identifying small actions we can take today, we will be able to implement measures with increasing impact and achieve carbon neutrality in all our products and our corporate activities by 2050”.

Cars and motorbikes are still ’round’

Sustaina-C Concept and Pocket Concept together with an electric scooter SH125i in the new “Glass” version, these are examples that Honda has chosen to emphasize its own commitment to sustainability and how “it is possible to use innovative materials and create an exclusive design aesthetic while reducing the CO2 emissions generated by the manufacturing process”. But what is it about? A car and a motorbike, both electric, both compact. And yet…

Ideas come from production processes and above all from circularity of materials used to create them. We’re talking about panels made using recycled acrylic resin, sourced from end-of-life light clusters, exterior bodies that don’t require painting and which therefore allow, according to Honda’s statement, “ reduce emissions during the production process by up to 45 percent‘, partly thanks to the use of recycled materials and partly because the panels that make up the car’s body do not require painting, a process which, again according to the Japanese manufacturer, ‘can be responsible for up to 80 percent of the CO2 emissions generated by a car plant’.


From limiting the extraction of materials to the use of new steels

Innovation is not only in aesthetics. The panels of the vehicles presented by Honda would withstand minor impacts, cracks and have the ability to return to their original shape after minor impacts. The properties also include high resistance to weathering and degradation by sunlight. There is more.

Thanks to a project developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi Chemical, Honda is experimenting with the reuse of body parts discarded from end-of-life vehicles, which, after being crushed and processed, are reused to create parts for the Sustaina-C concept. “This is one way Honda intends to reduce resource extraction and is part of its ongoing efforts to advance recycling, low-carbon, economical and energy-efficient technologies,” explains Honda’s statement.

A technology that can also be applied to other vehicle components and that involves the use of new types steelunder special supervision along with coalin the ranking of major polluters with blast furnaces (burning coal) at the top for years as the biggest source of CO2 in many European countries.

Space-Hub for compact, flexible and easy mobility

But Honda’s strategy continues in other directions as well. Space Hub is an example of what a vehicle designed to improve people’s everyday lives could look like. As? With an electric vehicle, compact, light, designed as a flexible space able to adapt to users. Vehicles like these belonging to a generation that Honda has identified 0 seriescould reach the market as early as 2026first in North America, gradually also in Europe.

Meanwhile, Honda continues its thirty-year commitment to development vehicles with hydrogen cells“We are confident that demand for this technology will soon reach the critical mass necessary for full commercial deployment,” explained Ingo Nyhues, Deputy General Manager for European Business Planning and Development, Honda Motor Europe. The development of hydrogen, for which Honda considers itself particularly suitable heavy trafficfor infrastructure (stationary electric power generators) and construction machinery, without forgetting the car, with the launch of a new electric version in 2024 e: FCEV fuel cell of a popular model CR-V.


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