We reported earlier this week that Honda was looking at bringing an all-electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid to market in the U.S., and now it's official.
Yesterday, the company announced formal plans to bring both vehicles to market by 2012, and Honda also announced that the 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid will have a lithium-ion battery.
Honda will dip its toes slowly into the all-electric waters, first rolling out a demonstration program for the battery-electric vehicle involving Stanford University, the City of Torrance, CA, and Google. This program will start at the end of this year. Additionally, Torrance will participate in a similar program with the plug-in hybrid, also slated to begin at the end of 2010.
After that, Honda plans to launch a battery-electric commuter vehicle in 2012, and a plug-in hybrid system for mid-size and larger vehicles in the same year.
The lithium-hybrid battery will debut in the next generation 2011 Honda Civic Hybrid.