Honda’s E-Kizuna project is a collaboration between Honda and the Japanese city of Saitama to test viability of a sustainable, low-carbon society to fight global warming with hybrid and electric vehicles.
The experiment next year will involve plug-in cars and scooters along with a Honda Smart Home System. The Honda Smart Home System provides heat and electricity for residences, and power for electric vehicles.
The goal is to demonstrate a cutting in half of CO2 gas emissions by 2015. Honda will also focus on making the city disaster-resistant by a number of back-ups to create a safety net.
The extra disaster-resistance and backup aspects are not surprising in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, which threw the society for a loop, and set the country’s auto industry back by many months worth of productivity and profits.