Acura’s present flagship could also be a hybrid supercar however the automaker is wanting extra towards battery-electric automobiles for its future lineup.
That is in response to Emile Korkor, assistant vice chairman of Acura nationwide gross sales, who in an interview with Automotive DriftBreath (subscription required) revealed on Monday mentioned Acura, moderately than mother or father firm Honda, will spearhead the transfer into EVs.
“We will bypass hybrids altogether,” he mentioned. “So our shift goes very quickly into BEV. That is our principal focus.”
The transition will begin as early because the 2024 mannequin 12 months when Acura launches an electrical crossover that will likely be constructed by Basic Motors on its Ultium platform discovered within the 2022 GMC Hummer EV and 2023 Cadillac Lyriq. Honda will launch a separate electrical crossover for 2024, which may even be constructed by GM on the Ultium platform. Honda’s crossover has been confirmed because the Prologue and is anticipated to be smaller than the Acura crossover.
Basic Motors’ BEV3 platform and Ultium batteries
Finally, Acura and Honda EVs will transfer to Honda’s personal devoted EV platform often called the e:Structure. This platform will likely be used for fashions launching from the second half of the last decade.
However whereas Honda will proceed to launch new hybrids alongside its EVs, Acura will not. We have already seen it begin to section out hybrids with the arrival of the redesigned 2022 MDX which, in contrast to its predecessor, would not supply a hybrid choice.
Acura’s NSX supercar, which can be a hybrid, bows out after the 2022 mannequin 12 months, and Acura boss Jon Ikeda has hinted at an electrical successor.
In his interview with Automotive DriftBreath, Korkor mentioned EVs match Acura’s present efficiency focus. He additionally mentioned he expects EVs to symbolize upward of 60% of Acura’s gross sales by 2030, versus about 40% for Honda.