Honda Adding 120 Charging Stations At Torrance Facility

OCT 28 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 10

Honda has announced an unexpected move.

Honda Accord PHEV Has Been Taken Out Of Production For 2016

Honda Accord PHEV Has Been Taken Out Of Production For 2016

With just over 2,100 plug-in electric cars sold nationwide in the U.S. over the past 3 years, the automaker has announced that it will install a remarkable 120 EVSEs (chargers) at the facility in Torrance, California. Included in that 120 figure is one dual standard 50 kW fast charger.

Honda currently has zero plug-in vehicles in production for the U.S. market. However, the automaker does note that it’s preparing for “a new generation of plug-in vehicles set to arrive by 2018,” which we’ve covered in detail here.

Press release below:

Honda to Add 120 EV Chargers to Torrance Campus

New installation includes a publicly accessible 50kW DC “fast” charger to support the local community and I-405/I-110 freeway drivers

Expansion will increase electric vehicle miles travelled by Honda associates for commuting and local use

Activity complements California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan

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.

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 publically commit to global reductions in its CO2 emissions.

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Perfect. Now Honda will have plenty of empty chargers after they crush all those off-lease Fit EVs.

N0 Surprise …Better too little, too Late, than never! They’re 0nly going through the motions pretending to put forth effort. If the big auto makers were serious they could change the automobile landscape in no time at all., But., they’re very cozy comfortable in Bed with “BIG 0IL” ..Delaying & Putting 0ff as long as possible…Hence the “F00l Cell”…Yea, Crazy like a Fox…They Are!

Good to hear Honda is showing an interest in workplace charging.
“a new battery-electric model and a new plug-in hybrid model by 2018”: yikes, that is slow!
Very sad that Honda lost its direction after leading with the Insight coupe.
Honda should have kept the Insight coupe in production, updated frequently to showcase new technology.
Honda with its motorcycle engines was best placed to lead in offering customers a choice of BEV or range extender.
The Fit EV gets good reviews apart from limited range. Very disappointing that it will take Honda until 2018 to develop a full production BEV & PHEV.

“Honda Accord PHEV Has Been Taken Out Of Production For 2016”.
Looking forward to photographs of Chevrolet Volts & Nissan Leafs plugged into the 120 Honda chargers.

Honda may surprise us all. They seem to be good about keeping future vehicles under wraps until release.

I’m going to visit Korean Friendship bell in San Pedro in coming days with my SparkEV, and swing by Torrance for CCS charge. Thank you, Honda! 🙂

PS: How much will it cost to charge?

Honda got a grant of just under $200,000 for workplace charging from the California Energy Commission. This is certainly the execution of that grant.

Maybe they will be completely full, with a waiting line, of Honda plugin e-SuperCub street legal scooters? Those are available at every Honda dealership worldwide, including the US, right now, right? It’s not rocket science, Honda.

Perhaps Fit EV’s returned off-lease will go to Torrance to become part of a commuting fleet for Honda employees. For apartment dwellers, the ability to have an EV that routinely charges at work would be an awesome thing. I think the only thing missing are some solar carports, as workplace charging tends to increase on-peak consumption. On-site solar systems would be awesome for mitigating that.