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Honda’s new R&D center to help accelerate two-wheeler electrification

To achieve carbon neutrality for its motorcycle business by 2040, Honda's research and development arm opened R&D center in Bengaluru

Honda’s new R&D center to help accelerate two-wheeler electrification
[Source photo: Chetan Jha]

Japanese automobile giant Honda Motor Co. Ltd has commissioned a new research and development (R&D) center in Bengaluru to work on the electrification of two-wheelers in India.

Honda R&D (India) Private Limited (HRID) opened its new Solution R&D Center in Bengaluru on Thursday, the company announced. 

HRID is a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd and functions as Honda’s research and development arm for motorcycles and power products in India. 

Honda is one of the two-wheeler manufacturers in the world. 

The Solution R&D Center will incorporate advanced mobility technologies into electrified vehicle development more quickly and will also work on software and connected services through ‘co-creating’ open innovation by adopting technologies and ideas of research and development companies. 

In addition, by taking advantage of the ecosystem from its geographical location, the Solution R&D Center in Bengaluru will be partnering with companies with new ideas to develop new services and businesses that go beyond the scope of existing businesses and products from a long-term perspective.

Honda said it has set a global target of achieving carbon neutrality in all its products and corporate activities by 2050. The company is working to make a wide range of its products carbon neutral in terms of their power sources, the company said.

Honda is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality for all its motorcycle products during the 2040s.

The shift is in line with the Indian government’s commitment of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2070.

“Under such environmental change, Honda believes that in order to continue to be chosen by customers, the company needs not only to respond to electrification trends but also to create new value outside of the established framework and provide more attractive products and services,” the company said in a press release. 

Furthermore, Honda will actively work to solve social issues, such as the effective use of energy through Honda’s Triple Action to ZERO initiative and the prevention of traffic accidents to realize a society with zero traffic collision fatalities.

As part of the ZERO initiative, Carbon neutrality, clean energy, and resource circulation are Honda’s three pillars to achieve zero environmental impact throughout the life cycle of products and corporate activities by 2050.

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