Honda installs 120 EV chargers at California HQ of American Honda
The move is intended to boost the use of alternative fuel vehicles by its associates for daily commuting and comes as Honda prepares for the launch of its fuel cell vehicle (FCV) next year, followed by a new battery-electric model and a new plug-in hybrid model by 2018
The new chargers will be installed in two phases and include a publicly accessible DC "fast" charger on Harpers Way, adjacent to its campus, which includes DC charging capabilities. The fee-based DC Fast charger will open in early 2016 and will support both the 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."
The project has been partly funded by a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant.