Mild hybrid cars will be Honda's focus until 2012 when full hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric cars debut.

Integrated Motor Assist hybrids until 2010

Honda ready to plug-in

While Honda is still focused on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as the future of the auto industry, the company is now a little less bearish on plug-in vehicles.

For some time we’ve known that Honda was working on both a full hybrid powertrain and even a Volt-like range extended plug-in vehicle, and now we know that Honda will bring two plug-in vehicles to market in 2012. One, a battery-powered electric vehicle, the other some kind of plug-in hybrid that is reportedly capable of achieving 136 mpg.

Until 2012, Integrated Motor Assisted mild hybrids, such as the Insight, will make up Honda’s hybrid portfolio.