Tokyo, Japan – Honda will begin real-world testing of next-generation electric  vehicles, plug-in hybrids, electric scooters and electric carts before the end of this year. The demonstration program will be conducted in two municipalities in Japan, followed by testing in regions outside Japan such as the U.S., mostly for automobiles.

In a comprehensive approach unique to Honda, the technologies for electric motorcycles, automobiles and power products, together with information and communication technologies, a solar-powered energy station and other technologies will be tested in the real-world urban transportation environment. The goals are to verify the effectiveness of the products, including using sustainable energy such as solar power, and to study how future personal mobility and the urban transportation system should be designed to improve the quality of life of local residents.

By the end of the year, Honda plans to start demonstration testing of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with such participants as Standford University, Google Inc., and the City of Torrance, California.

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