Honda links with Leviton for electric charging solution

In another move toward getting electric vehicles into the fast lanes of mainstream America, Honda announced today that it has parterned with Leviton to provide electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S.

The stations will be built to accomodate the new Honda Fit EV that is arriving on the market this summer, and the new Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid due out in the winter of 2013.

TORRANCE, Calif., April 23, 2012 – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced that Leviton Manufacturing Company, the global leader in connectivity solutions, has been selected as Honda’s preferred Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment provider for customer and dealer EV charging.

“As leaders in the fields of advanced technology for mobility and energy solutions, Leviton and Honda both have unique missions to create a more sustainable future,” said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda. “Pairing Leviton’s EV charging solutions with Honda’s advanced Fit EV and Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan electric vehicles will enable a more convenient and seamless ownership experience for our customers.”

Honda will be introducing two battery-electric vehicles beginning with the 2013 Honda Fit EV this summer, and the Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan next winter. The 2013 Honda Fit EV battery-electric commuter car, based on the popular Fit, targets an estimated 123 city-mile range per charge (76 mile range combined adjusted city/highway)1 and can fully recharge its battery in as little as three hours when connected to a 240-volt circuit. The Honda Plug-In Hybrid Sedan uses an all-new, two-motor hybrid system which continuously moves through three different modes – all-electric, with up to a 15 mile per charge range; gasoline-electric; and direct-drive – to maximize driving and fuel efficiency, especially during city driving.

Here’s the link to the news release.

For a look at all the electric vehicles due out in 2012-13, here’s a GreenFamilyCar report from the Los Angeles Auto show.

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