Honda unveiled at the 2010 LA Auto Show a brand new plug-in hybrid platform, and as expected this previews the firm’s next-generation two-motor hybrid system.
Honda integrated the new hybrid system into a mid-size sedan platform, and designed it in order to be compatible with daily driving habits, allowing for short, frequent trips in all-electric mode.
The Honda two-motor system offers the different modes to maximize driving efficiency: all-electric, gasoline-electric and a unique, engine direct-drive mode. In addition, the plug-in hybrid also comes with regenerative braking to charge the battery.
In electric-mode, the car uses a 6kWh lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor. In this mode, the car delivers a total range of approximately 10-15 miles in city driving and a top speed of 62 mph.
The battery can be recharged in 2 to 2.5 hours using a 120-volt outlet and 1 to 1.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. In the gasoline-electric hybrid mode, the car uses a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder, Atkinson cycle engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT).
Furthermore, an onboard generator adds to the battery powering the electric motor. In order to deliver an efficient high-speed cruising, the vehicle can engage in a direct-drive mode, in which only the engine drives the front wheels.