Honda's Electric Hybrid Drive Offers 3-Modes
Honda Motor Co Ltd disclosed the details of the electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) that it will start testing in Japan.
The PHEV is based on Honda's "Inspire" sedan. The company combined an in-line four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with a displacement of 2.0L, two motors and a lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery. One of the motors has a maximum output of 120kW and is used to drive the vehicle and regenerate energy. The other is used as a generator that can generate about 100kW of electricity.
The most distinctive feature of the PHEV is its two-motor system, which is different from the one equipped in Toyota Motor Corp's PHEV and can independently operate the engine and the motors. As a result, it becomes possible to drive the vehicle (1) as an EV only by electricity, (2) as a hybrid vehicle by using the engine and the motors and (3) as a gasoline vehicle by using only the engine.
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