Honda to stop producing gasoline-only vehicles in Europe by 2022

Ganesh Rao, business reporter

Honda has announced plans to stop producing gasoline-only cars by 2022.

The carmaker said it will "electrify" all of its models sold in Europe within the next three years - which includes making many models hybrid.

Hybrid vehicles carry a traditional internal combustion engine as well as a battery pack.

The Japanese company has brought forward its original plan to move away from petrol-only and diesel-only vehicles by three years from its previously announced target of 2025.

Speaking from Amsterdam to Sky News' Ian King Live, the company's senior vice president for Europe, Tom Gardner, said the decision will considerably change the line-up of cars it offers.

He said: "Honda is the world's largest engine manufacturer, and from what we have announced today we are committing to ending all mainstream non-electrified petrol and diesel production for Europe by the end of 2022."

Earlier this year, Sky News first revealed Honda's decision to shutdown its Swindon factory , which employs 3,500 people.

The plant in southwest England, which produces well over 100,000 Civic cars, is the company's only factory in the EU.

Seperately, Honda also announced plans to work with Vattenfall, a European electricity producer, to offer its customers a flexible electricity tariff that will allow cars to be charged at the most cost-effective times during the day.