Yesterday, we briefly reported on Honda’s future goals to add a plug-in hybrid and an electric-vehicle to its U.S. lineup in the near future. The Japanese automaker today officially confirmed that it will add a new battery-electric vehicle and a new plug-in hybrid vehicle, to the U.S. market in 2012.
President & CEO Takanobu Ito, in Tokyo, Japan also announced application of a lithium-ion battery in the next-generation Civic Hybrid in 2011.
Here is a complete list of the what you can expect from Honda by 2012:
- 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.
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– By: Omar Rana