Speaking at at the International Rechargeable Battery Expo in Tokyo, Hirohisa Ogawa, chief engineer of battery research at Honda, said the company is targeting a 15-mile electric range for an upcoming mid-size plug-in hybrid vehicle.
The new hybrid configuration is a two-motor system utilizing a lithium-ion battery produced in a joint-venture with GS Yuasa Corp. It should be capable of running for 9-15 miles without utilizing the gasoline engine. This strategy marks a significant change in Honda’s hybrid strategy from its current Integrated Motor Assist model, which is generally considered to be a “mild” hybrid system, because the electric assist generally complements the internal-combustion engine’s output, rather than supplanting or paralleling it.
Honda is debuting its first production use of lithium-ion batteries with the 2012 Civic Hybrid. The new hybrid powertrain is being prepared for testing in the Honda Accord before the new hybrid range launches.
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