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.