TORRANCE, CA - By the end of 2010 and continuing through 2011, Honda announced it will roll out a battery-electric vehicle demonstration program in the U.S. with Stanford University, Google Inc., and the City of Torrance, Calif., as its first participants.

Honda will introduce new advanced environmental technology vehicles, including a battery-electric vehicle and a new plug-in hybrid vehicle, to the U.S. market in 2012, the company announced July 20 in the mid-year address by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., President & CEO Takanobu Ito, in Tokyo, Japan. Ito also announced application of a lithium-ion battery in the next-generation Civic Hybrid in 2011. 

The announcement outlined Honda's commitment to developing advanced environmental technologies for application across all of Honda's global operations.

Honda is also planning to introduce a new plug-in hybrid system for mid-size to larger vehicles in the U.S. market in 2012.