American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has chosen its EV supply equipment provider – the company announced this week that it will be working with Leviton Manufacturing Company. Leviton is the largest privately held global provider of electrical wiring devices, data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems – all of which tie in fairly well to powering an electric car, although as of yet Leviton has little experience in the automotive field.
Honda’s VP of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda spoke briefly about the potential for both Leviton and Honda to work well together:
“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. 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.”
Innovation From Honda
Honda, of course, has been running with alternatively powered vehicles for some time now (the CNG Civic is a particular favorite of mine, despite the lack of trunk space). The two battery-powered vehicles soon to be available from Honda are the 2013 Fit EV (out this summer) and the plug-in hybrid version of the Accord (next winter).
The Fit EV – which is super cute, I might add – is supposed to have a 120 mile range in the city (that goes down to 76 miles for combined adjusted city/highway), and will charge in 3 hours if you’ve got a 240 volt circuit to plug it into. The hybrid Accord has about 15 miles worth of driving on its electric motor alone (which is pretty far for a hybrid).
Source | Image: Honda.