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Honda changes direction– will launch electric car, plug-in hybrids in 2012

Honda said on July 20 that it would roll out an electric car and plug-in hybrids in Japan and the United States in 2012 as it tries to catch up in the race to make clean, battery-powered cars.

Japan’s number-two carmaker had previously been sceptical of plug-in hybrids but now plans to launch a compact electric car and mid and large-sized plug-in hybrids capable of up to 140 miles per gallon.

[Industry Week]