Why Honda's New Civic Hybrid Will Use Lithium Batteries
When Honda recently unveiled its 2012 Civic design, and announced that the new Civic Hybrid would use lithium ion batteries for the first time, we weren’t surprised. Last March, we reported that the Civic and other Honda hybrids were already in the process of migrating from nickel to lithium. What does it mean for consumers? In theory, more MPG at a lower cost. The change will be incremental, but exactly how much more mileage and at what price is yet to be determined.
The shift is part of Honda’s strategy to make its conventional gas-electric hybrids nearly as affordable as gas-only cars—a goal the company has been talking about for a couple of years.
In addition, announcements from Honda at the Los Angeles Show that it would pursue a robust plug-in hybrid architecture for future cars—and introduce an all-electric version of the Honda Fit—pushes the company in the direction of lithium, and away from the nickel metal hydride batteries that have powered hybrids since their introduction. Blue Energy Co Ltd, a joint venture of Honda and GS YUASA CORP, will provide Honda’s lithium battery.
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