Honda To Have New Hybrid, EV by 2012

Honda is attempting to produce a line of EV's (electric vehicles) along with an all new hybrid plug-in car by 2012.

The automaker hopes to launch a compact electric car and mid and large-sized plug-in hybrids capable of up to 140 miles per gallon.

Currently, Honda already produces the hybrid Insight and Civic models, along with the upcoming hybrid CR-Z Coupe. Honda also plans on releasing a hybrid variant of the Fit next year. All of these models can be test driven today at First Team Honda.

The launch of the new vehicles is timed to meet new tough regulations, including a California law that will require 3% of a carmaker's sales in the state to be zero-emission vehicles starting in 2012.

The automaker plans to start making a high-output lithium-ion battery this year; it would also harness technology from its prototype fuel-cell car to develop its all-electric car.

For now, the Honda CR-Z is the auto maker's most anticipated "green" car. CR-Z has a combined MPG rating of 37, according to the EPA. It also features a 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine producing 122 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 128 lb-ft. of torque.

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