Honda’s California Campus Is Charged Up About EVs

OCT 17, 2015 — A new generation of plug-in vehicles is on the horizon, and American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s Torrance campus is taking a two-pronged approach to gear up for the change.

First, Honda is installing 120 new electric vehicle (EV) charger stations on its campus that ultimately will enable associates to use an EV for their daily commute.

Second, in conjunction with California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan, Honda is installing a fee-based DC fast-charger adjacent to its campus for public use.

The DC Fast charger, which can rapidly “refuel” EVs with DC charging capabilities, will open in early 2016 and will support both ChadeMO and SAE Combo standards.

“Making workplace charging ubiquitous and accessible is the cornerstone of an effective public charging strategy that supports the maximum number of vehicles,” said Steven Center, vice president of Honda’s Environmental Business Development Office and Product Regulatory Office. “This expansion will make commuting in an EV a convenient option for the vast majority of Honda associates in Torrance, including those without access to charging at their homes or apartment buildings.”

Funding for the project was provided, in part, by a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant. Honda’s announcement coincides with its participation in “Drive the Dream 2015,” an event hosted by the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative and attended by Gov. Jerry Brown to encourage businesses across the state to install workplace charging. Honda will offer several next-generation, advanced powertrain vehicles, including a new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) set to launch next year, followed by a new battery-electric model and a new plug-in hybrid model by 2018.

The new EV chargers on the Torrance campus complement existing refueling options on-site, including compressed natural gas and hydrogen refueling stations. Honda’s Environmental Commitment Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns.

The company’s “Green Path” approach seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of substances of concern (SOCs) and scarce natural resources in the design of its vehicles, significantly reduce the CO2 intensity and water use of its manufacturing operations, continue to decrease CO2 emissions from the transportation of vehicles from its plants to dealers, and expand the involvement of U.S. Honda and Acura dealers in its “Green Dealer” program. These activities reinforce Honda’s goal to voluntarily reduce its total corporate CO2 emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050, compared to 2000 levels. In 2006, Honda was the first auto company to voluntarily and publicly commit to global reductions in its CO2 emissions.

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