The announcement outlined Honda’s commitment to developing advanced environmental technologies for application across all of Honda’s global operations. Highlights specifically related to the U.S. market include:
By the end of 2010 and continuing through 2011, Honda will roll out a battery-electric vehicle demonstration program in the U.S. with participants, including: Stanford University, Google Inc. and the City of Torrance, Calif.
The City of Torrance will receive a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for evaluation by the end of 2010. A battery-electric commuter vehicle will be introduced in the U.S. market in 2012. A new plug-in hybrid system for mid-size to larger vehicles will be introduced in the U.S. market in 2012.
Honda’s first hybrid application of a lithium-ion battery will debut in the next- generation Civic Hybrid to be introduced in 2011. The lithium-ion battery was developed through the Honda and GS Yuasa joint-venture company, Blue Energy Co., Ltd.