Honda isn’t quite ready to do away with manual transmissions for good, but the company is realistic about the fact that the advent of the electric car era means the end of the manual transmission as we know it. During a roundtable interview with Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe and head of electrification Shinji Aoyama, both executives expressed doubts about C/D that Honda will use any simulated or man-made manual transmissions for its future electric cars, not even the electric sports cars already confirmed to be part of its future lineup.

“We can do it artificially. Mechanically, it’s not easy,” Aayama said, referring to the idea of ​​simulated control “as an extension of active sound control.” He personally doesn’t like the idea of ​​such an artificial solution, and said that Honda will look for other ways to make its electric cars fun to drive. Both executives said they see battery technology, as well as the packaging, programming and overall engineering of electric motors and direct-drive units, as important differentiators for electric vehicles and how they feel on the road. Miebe said it was important for Honda’s electric cars to be “edgy” and different from the competition in terms of driving experience, but added: “I’m not sure if we can replace the manual transmission.”

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This stance is in direct contrast to Toyota’s outlook, as arch rival Honda appears to be embracing the idea of ​​a manual gearbox alternative. This is recently patented the system for electric vehicles, which includes a clutch, gear lever and “virtual” gear ratios, and Lexus president Kody Sato also expressed the brand’s desire future EV supercar will have some kind of simulated steering. even before that 2017 Toyota GR HV Sports Concept Car also featured a sort of imitation manual transmission: its hybrid powerplant used an automatic transmission, but had a gearshift lever that mimicked the H-gate of a six-speed manual transmission.

Even if Honda doesn’t plan to implement similar solutions, clutch pedal lovers needn’t panic that Honda’s move to an all-electric lineup will wipe out the stick shift overnight. The company plans to gradually introduce electric vehicles, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. It aims for electric vehicles to account for 40 percent of sales by 2030, 80 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2040. Meanwhile, Honda and Acura’s U.S. lineups remain a handful of different cars with manual transmissions. Several versions Civil— basic hatchback Civil Siand Civic Type R-plus Acura Integra offer a six-speed manual transmission, and it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon.

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Since electric cars will eventually take over Honda, the company assures us that there will continue to be cars that will appeal to enthusiasts. Honda has promised two electric sports cars, one described as a “flagship” and the other as a “special” model. The teaser images show that both have low proportions, and the flagship model will likely serve as a replacement for the Acura NSX. We’re looking forward to seeing what Honda can do to win us over with this new generation of performance cars, even if they don’t have a manual transmission or anything close to one.

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