|Honda to Start Leasing of Its Honda EV Plus in Japan|
|Tokyo, September 19, 1997 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced today it will start leasing its Honda EV Plus electric vehicle in Japan starting September 19, 1997.
As part of its long-standing effort toward the development of more environmentally friendly vehicles, Honda has been at the forefront of Electric Vehicle (EV) development. Technology related to the Honda EV Plus was first made public in April 1996 and actual running models have been extensively road-tested and monitored ever since.
The leasing program starting today will help gather information on marketability and uncover EV-specific problems in an everyday environment. To this end, the vehicles being leased this time are all equipped with data recorders.
The Honda EV Plus will be available in major metropolitan areas through Honda's Corporate Sales Division. Plans call for 36-month lease contracts covering a total of some 20 units.
Honda EV Plus