AMSTERDAM -- Honda has brought forward a goal to only sell battery-powered and hybrid cars in Europe by three years to 2022.
Honda is axing its diesel cars in Europe as it adds full-electric and hybrid powertrains in a green technology push.
Honda had said it intended to move 100 percent of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025.
"By 2022 we are confident we can have the full range electrified and actually deliver something quite extraordinary," Honda Europe senior vice president Tom Gardner said.
Gardner made the announcement on Wednesday in Amsterdam, where Honda was presenting its latest Jazz small car for the European market.
The new Jazz and a crossover variant, the Crosstar, will be sold in Europe only as hybrids using Honda's dual-motor hybrid powertrain technology.
"We see a big change happening in Europe and today we are announcing our response to that," Gardner said.
"We can also feel the fact that the market around us is expanding. Obviously the legislation around the environment is getting clearer as well. It is the track we are on in terms of the development of the new fully electrified line up," he said.
The European Union has set new rules for automakers to reduce carbon dioxide vehicle emissions from next year, or face fines.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report