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Sony and Honda Unveil Future EV Lineup

20 Feb 2024
  • What are the specifications of the Afeela Electric Sedan?
  • How does Sony Honda Mobility's upcoming SUV and affordable compact model contribute to the future of electric mobility?

Sony Honda Mobility, the collaboration between tech giant Sony and automotive powerhouse Honda, is set to make waves in the electric vehicle (EV) market with the announcement of three new models. The joint venture, which focuses on creating cutting-edge EVs with advanced self-driving capabilities, has outlined its ambitious plans, including the launch of an SUV in 2027 and a more affordable compact model in 2028 or later. In addition to these, the previously revealed Afeela electric sedan is expected to hit the roads in 2025. All three models will share a common platform, showcasing the companies' commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Afeela Electric Sedan

Afeela Electric Sedan

The Afeela electric sedan, slated for a 2025 release, will feature both front and rear electric motors, each producing 241 horsepower. Its power will be drawn from a substantial 91.0-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Scheduled to be available in the United States from early 2026, the Afeela is not just a powerhouse but also a tech marvel. Packed with 45 sensors, including lidar and eight cameras, it boasts Level 3 self-driving capabilities, requiring occasional human intervention. The vehicle's processing power is attributed to Qualcomm's advanced chips.

The Afeela's exterior showcases a sleek and understated design, while the interior boasts a futuristic dashboard with a large screen, offering access to Sony's vast media empire. With the intention of providing entertainment on the go, users can watch movies or play games like Fortnite, all displayed on the expansive dashboard screen. The vehicle is equipped with a distinctive yoke steering wheel, emphasizing a blend of innovation and functionality.

Future SUV and Compact Model

Future SUV and Compact Model

Looking ahead, Sony Honda Mobility is set to diversify its lineup with an SUV scheduled for release in 2027. While specific details about the SUV remain scarce, Sony has previously teased the Vision-S 02 concept, hinting at the vehicle's design language. Sharing the same platform as the sedan, the SUV is expected to offer a taller ride height and a hatchback configuration.

In a bid to make electric vehicles more accessible, the joint venture plans to introduce a more affordable compact model in 2028 or later. This compact EV will reportedly share components with Honda's in-house developed electric vehicles, helping keep costs down while maintaining high-quality performance.

Honda is set to manufacture some of these EVs in Ohio, potentially utilizing batteries from the joint venture factory in the state, a collaboration between Honda and LG. This strategic location aligns with the global shift toward sustainable mobility and signifies a commitment to the local production of electric vehicles.

Sony Honda Mobility's unveiling of its upcoming EV lineup, featuring an electric sedan, an SUV, and a compact model, is a significant step toward shaping the future of electric mobility. With a focus on advanced technology, sleek design, and sustainability, the joint venture aims to make a lasting impact on the automotive industry. As the world embraces the era of electric vehicles, Sony and Honda's collaboration promises to deliver not just vehicles but a new era of innovation on the roads.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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Kia EV9 secures double win at the 2024 World Car Awards

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Kia EV9 secures double win at  the 2024 World Car Awards

The 2024 Kia EV9 has achieved a remarkable dual victory at the 2024 World Car Awards. Revealed during a live announcement at the World Car Awards ceremony at the New York Auto Show, the EV9 secured prestigious titles for both World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle.

Selected by a jury of 100 distinguished automotive journalists representing 29 countries, the World Car Awards recognized the Kia EV9’s innovative design, spacious seven-seat interior, and competitive price point. Based on the E-GMP platform, the EV9 is the first Kia to feature fourth-generation battery technology for improved performance.

Established in 2003, the World Car Awards are renowned globally as a premier standard for automotive excellence and leadership, celebrating remarkable accomplishments within a rapidly changing automotive industry. Prior to the 2024 event, Kia had already claimed three wins at the World Car Awards – the Telluride as World Car of the Year and the Soul EV as World Urban Car in 2020, along with the Kia EV6 GT taking World Performance Car of the Year in 2023.

“We are hugely honored that the 2024 EV9 has been named the World Car of the Year and World Electric Vehicle. This triumph is a testament to our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology and design excellence. The Kia EV9’s continued success will drive us to keep delivering exceptional vehicles that redefine the driving experience for customers around the world,” Ho Sung Song, President and CEO at Kia said.