Honda is moving closer to the grid. Honda is working on on a plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric car. It will take a while until they are ready, if you want one, you need to wait until 2013. Toyota is a step and a year ahead: ToMoCo will begin mass production of plug-in hybrids and electric cars in 2012.
According to The Nikkei [sub] Honda President Takanobu Ito announced the plans at a news conference today.
Honda claims its plug-in hybrid will be able to go 60km or more on a single liter of gas, besting the Prius hybrid, which gets 38km per liter. Once the Prius can be plugged in, that advantage will most likely evaporate. Toyota says its forthcoming plug-in hybrid, will get 57km to the liter.
Honda will release its electric car in the U.S. first. California, the most populous state in that country, will require automakers to increase sales of zero-emissions vehicles starting around 2012. Honda is considering manufacturing the Insight and its two other hybrids in the U.S.