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Published on October 17th, 2015 | by Jo Borrás

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Honda To Install 120 EV Charging Stations At Torrance HQ

October 17th, 2015 by  

Originally published on Gas2.

Driving an electric car to work just got a lot easier for Honda corporate employees in California. That’s because the company recently committed to installing 120 new EV chargers at its Torrance, California HQ in an effort to encourage EV use and complement the efforts of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan.

That seems like quite a lot of chargers for a company that doesn’t really offer a whole lot in terms of PHEVs beyond the Accord Plug-in model (and even that seems to have been discontinued after the 2014 MY). It’s anybody’s guess, then, what EVs all these Honda employees will be driving to work in the near future.

Lucky for us, you’re anybody! So, today’s assignment is to go into the comments section and let us know what sort of plug-ins you think will be available in Honda’s near future. On your way down the page, check out Honda’s official press release, below.

Honda to Add 120 EV Chargers to Torrance Campus


HondaWorkplaceCharging

  • includes a publicly accessible 50kW DC “fast” charger to support the local community
  • Expansion will increase electric vehicle miles traveled by Honda associates
  • Activity complements California’s ZEV Action Plan

TORRANCE, CA — In an effort to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles by its associates for daily commuting, and to prepare for a new generation of plug-in vehicles set to arrive by 2018, Honda is adding 120 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers on the Torrance, CA headquarter campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The new chargers will be installed in two phases, the first of which has already begun. Ultimately, Honda estimates that the chargers will enable hundreds of associates to use an EV for their daily commute.

To support the local community in conjunction with the project, Honda is installing a publicly-accessible DC “fast” charger on Harpers Way, adjacent to its campus, which will enable Torrance residents to rapidly refuel EVs equipped with 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.”

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 Governor 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 will complement existing refueling options on-site, including compressed natural gas and hydrogen refueling stations.

Source | Images: Honda.

Reprinted with permission.


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  • Doug

    My employer might be installing 40 EV chargers. Let’s hope that this comes in. We haven’t seen much expansion of chargers recently in LA.

  • Paul

    Seriously though, this has to be a portent of things to come. Will Honda finally come to market with a competitive electric car?

    • mike_dyke

      If they do, you’ll probably see it first in the car park as employees test them.

      • jeffhre

        Isn’t that how the latest changes in the Leaf were first discovered?

        • mike_dyke

          Quite possibly – Keep your eyes out @Lazygun3 for anything new!

  • lazygun3

    I live 1/2 a mile from there! How nice!

  • mike_dyke

    Translation – Let’s encourage EV charging and those that turn up in Teslas are being paid too much! 🙂

  • Jenny Sommer

    What?! No hydrogen!?!

    • Ronald Brakels

      If you don’t like it go back to Jupiter.

      • Jenny Sommer

        Ha-ha..is that a quote?

        • Ronald Brakels

          Er… yeah? It’s a quote from Ronald Brakels.

          • newnodm

            Shouldn’t your photo be upside down?

          • Bob_Wallace

            Not only that. Where’s the Joey peeking out of his pouch?

          • newnodm

            Clearly Ronald is a north Londoner playing out an Australian fantasy. Probably practicing before moving to southern California and joining the Australian barkeep cabal.

          • Ronald Brakels

            He’s in Brisbane!

          • jeffhre

            It is upside down. All NH internet protocols invert the pixels from incoming SH packet transmissions.

          • Bob_Wallace

            Do they do a simple flip or do they also flop in order to maintain handedness accuracy?

          • jeffhre

            LOL, flip flop! This isn’t politics man, it’s science!

          • Bob_Wallace

            Naw, it ain’t science. It’s just coding.

          • Ronald Brakels

            I already turned it upside down for you people!

          • newnodm

            Touche

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