Talking about Honda cars that have the Type-R emblem, you could say they are cars that are oriented towards high performance and fast cars.
However, along with the rise of the electrification era, Honda also has to keep up with the times, even for Type-R cars. And Honda itself has its own way of presenting the Type-R model that will be fully electrified.
Quoted from Carbuzz, Managing Officer of Honda, Shinji Aoyama, said that the use of Solid-State type batteries aims to keep Type-R cars light. He said that Solid-State batteries are lighter in weight than other types of batteries and still fit the breath of Type-R which should be made as light as possible.
Honda CEO, Toshihiro Mibe said that the use of Solid-State batteries in Honda cars with the Type-R variant was adjusted to the character of the car. The Solid-Sate type battery is claimed not to heat up easily, making the cooling system on the Type-R electric drivetrain even more simplified in terms of size and weight.
Both Mibe and Aoyama say there are indeed drawbacks to using Solid-State batteries in Type-R cars. One of them is to reduce the fun-to-drive aspect that has become the hallmark of Honda cars with the Type-R emblem. However, they believe that compared to other types of batteries, Solid-Sate remains the logical choice for high performance-oriented car batteries.
Furthermore, Mibe said that Honda was also looking for the right technology and formula for the development of their Type-R car. “We are figuring out which gaps and directions we will choose in the future so that the electric car formula in our Type-R cars can be accepted in the market,” added Mibe. He hopes that the fun to drive aspect of the typical Honda Type-R will be maintained when migrating to a pure electric car later.
Honda itself has invested up to 310 million US Dollars for the development of this Solid-State model battery starting in 2024. Later the use of this Solid-State type battery will not be applied to all Honda car models in the future. Even so, the process of using this Solid-State battery is still in the process of testing which is still quite long.