Next Civic Type R To Get Electric Power
“We think it’d be quite easy to achieve Type R performance with a full EV right now, but Type R isn’t just about performance. It’s also about handling, operation and driveability. We don’t think it’s as simple as replacing that with electric power. That’s not the right direction for Type R.”
That's according to Kohei Hitomi, Honda's project lead for the new e Prototype in a PistonHeads interview
It was also reported that: "Hitomi said Honda’s exploring the advantages of electric power and how to use them to enhance the existing Type R formula. Although his answer remained vague – probably because the focus right now is not on Type R but rather Honda’s new electric models – it points to an almost inevitable use of hybrid power for the Type R’s successor. It certainly makes sense for that 2025 pledge, plus it’s something rival Ford is already working on with the next-gen Focus RS."
Apparently a likely move to electric was well received: “People complained when we said the Type R would use a turbocharger, but now they appreciate the new possibilities this has provided,” Hitomi said. “I believe it would be the same for electrified vehicles as well; people who love Type R will come to realise what it can add to the driving experience. We just need to find the best attributes that are relevant for the Type R, so as to enhance the experience without losing what makes a Type R.”