Honda to Introduce Battery Electric and Plug-in Hybrid to US and Japan in 2012

Honda Civic Hybrid

In brief: Honda Motor Co will be introducing a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) and a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) to the U.S. market in 2012.

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Honda Civic Hybrid

Building on their previous successes with the limited Honda Civic Hybrid (pictured), the hot-selling Honda Insight Hybrid, and others, Honda is planning to introduce a so-far unnamed all-electric car to the Japanese and U.S. market in 2012.

Trial versions of the electric car will be in the U.S. later this year or early next with participants like Google, the City of Torrance, California, and others helping to test the new cars on the road.

In addition, Honda plans to introduce a new mid-sized plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to compete with the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Hybrid. This car will also see U.S. shores by 2012 with test versions likely to be on the streets next year in limited numbers.

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Honda is working hard to keep an edge on its competitor, Toyota, who has so far controlled the hybrid market.

Photo credits: Honda

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