Just revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show, the Honda e Prototype has been marked as a possibility for Australian sales as part of a renewed local electrified push to include more hybrid models.
Honda Australia director Stephen Collins told CarsGuide that the production version - which is due to go on sale globally in 2020 - is very much on the radar for Australia, though issues such as local pricing and a business case are yet to be considered.
“We would love it on sale in Australia and we’re looking at the numbers to see if it can stack up locally. We know that the electric market in this country is still tiny, but it fits in with our aim for 25 per cent of our total sales to come from electrified vehicles by 2025,” he said.
Asked if Honda Australia would want the e Prototype for local consumption, Mr Collins replied an unequivocal 'yes'.
“We absolutely want it as an urban roundabout for Australia. We have had an extraordinary amount of interest in it and if we can get the business case to stack up, we’d love to offer it locally,” Mr Collins said.
But Honda's local head also cautioned that while the e Prototype could be a good fit for Australia, it would be premature to discuss Australian details such as local pricing.
“It’s way too early to discuss any details of Australian pricing. It goes on sale in Europe in 2020, and if it comes to Australia, it would be some time after that,” he said.
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