Honda is working on a new Petrol-Electric Hybrid Powertrain

Honda is working on a new Petrol-Electric Hybrid Powertrain


Time has come to see what Honda is working on. It seems that the Japanese specialists have developed a new hybrid power train that is meant to replace its Integrated Motor Assis hybrid system. So far, this is used to power small vehicles like the Civic sedan, Fit / Jazz hatch, Insight and the CR-Z Coupe. Yesterday, the new thing was revealed. To be more precise, the engineers have named it Sport Hybrid –DCD which comes from Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive and it contains a new 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The first one uses less fuel on Atkinson cycle and the second unit behaves like a generator mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. The motor receives power from a lithium-ion battery which together with it improves efficiency by more than 30% in comparison with a standard one-motor hybrid system. This is what Honda declared in an interview.



To prove they are not wrong, the Japanese manufacturers have already developed a prototype Fit / Jazz equipped with the new hybrid power train. This allows for pure-electric driving at speeds of up to 70 km/h for a distance of approximately 5 km, so around 3 miles. The new single-motor Sport Hybrid i-DCD is the third new hybrid power train introduced this year alone by the Japanese carmaker. Their next plans include the two-motor Sport Hybrid i-MMD / plug-in for mid-size vehicles which will be offered on the new Honda Accord sedan in 2013, followed by the three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system. This will be offered on luxury and sports cars like the future Acura RL and the NSX supercar that will be a 2015 model year. This is all for now folks.