Honda Begins Quality of Life EV Testing

Honda Motors wants to know if “electromotive” tech can truly improve quality of life for people, and in order to find out, it needs real-world information on scooters, automobiles (electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) and solar power charging stations in real-world urban environments–information which a number of different Japanese cities and regions have recently signed on to provide.

Honda’s Electric Vehicle Testing Program is slated to begin with Kumamoto Prefecture and its cooperating municipalities–Kumamoto City and Minimata City, as well as the Aso and Amakuso areas–which will be helping Honda to explore “potential quality of life benefits of next-generation personal mobility.”

Honda Electric Vehicle Quality of Life Testing

image via Honda Motors

As part of the program, municipalities will test out Monpal ML200 electric carts for the general use of senior citizens, a rental program of EV-neo scooters to local residents and tourists (as well as high school students) and also ideal locations for solar charging facilities on Prefacture-owned property.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.