Honda announced its plan to start its Electric Car Testing Program with Saitama Prefecture for its next-generation personal mobility products, including electric cars, plug-in hybrid vehicles, electric scooters, and electric carts.
In March 2009, Honda and Saitama Prefecture concluded an agreement to collaborate on environmental issues. Based on this agreement, Honda will start an Electric Car Testing Program in the cities of Saitama, Kumagaya and Chichibu that features advanced electromotive technology and communications & telematics to realize a low-carbon mobility society in the future.
The program will study:
– The practicality and convenience of electromotive technology featured on next-generation personal mobility products, including Honda’s electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the EV-neo electric scooter and the Monpal ML200 4-wheel electric cart;
– The effectiveness of solar power generation and other renewable energy sources in helping to realize a low-carbon mobility society;
– The effectiveness of advanced communications & telematics to enhance customer convenience and product usability.
Based on the results of the program, Honda plans to further advance its electromotive technologies for personal mobility products. In combination with Honda’s strong position in solar panels, cogeneration systems and other energy-generating products, these electromotive technologies will help Honda work together with customers to achieve the goal of “Total Energy Management”, a system that supplies households and communities with energy for personal use, while supporting a comfortable, low-carbon lifestyle.
Earlier on December 15, 2010, Honda announced this Electric Care Testing Program in the United States (Torrance, California). In addition to Japan and the United States, Honda is considering the possibility of conducting a similar program in China.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]