Honda has announced plans to build a new platform for EVs boasting of a 500+ km range, reports Nikkei xTexh.
The new platform will be targeted at both midsize vehicles and rear-motor, rear-wheel-drive (RR) vehicles.
“The platform is expected to be used for C- to D-segment vehicles that can travel between cities,” mentions Operating Officer of Honda R&D Co Ltd, Ayumu Matsuo.
These include SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and CUVs (crossover utility vehicles).
The new platform under development will have a motor on its rear side and is basically an RR vehicle that drives rear wheels.
The aim of Honda’s engineers here is to separate the steering wheels from the driving wheels, so as to improve steering stability.
To make a four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle, Honda will add a motor on the front side to have a two-motor structure, and the front and rear wheels will be driven by the front and rear motors, respectively.
The platform will be separated into a changeable area and unchangeable area.
The unchangeable area makes it easy to share parts among all kinds of vehicles, while in the changeable area, external appearance, etc are differentiated by using outer panels and interior components.
For example, the unchangeable area includes the width of battery pack and the location of the motor for driving rear wheels.
The changeable area includes the width of the vehicle, ground clearance, location of driver’s seat, total capacity of batteries, etc.
Lithium-ion batteries will be placed under the floor of the platform. This should support middle-to-long distance ranges exceeding 500 km, explains Honda.
The battery capacity will be in the changeable area, making it easier to remove battery modules, etc from the battery pack.
Volkswagen too is planning to release 50 or more kinds of EVs based on a single platform by 2025, reports Nikkei xTech.
However, Honda’s new platform will have a much larger changeable area than VW’s platform, notes Matsou.
And though the number of vehicle types will be smaller than VW’s, Honda’s larger changeable area will make it easier to highlight the characteristics of its vehicles.
Image and content: Honda/Naoshige Shimizu – Nikkei xTech