Honda to give large hybrids another chance

Honda to give large hybrids another chance

Honda Skydeck concept fq

Global sales of the Honda Accord Hybrid never really reached expected levels of success and we didn’t even see it here in NZ. Regardless, Japan’s second largest automaker is reportedly now hard at work continuing development of its proprietary Integrated Motor Assist hybrid platform so that it can once again be used to power larger vehicles like the Accord.

This time to make it work, Honda is adding another electric motor to the mix for a total of two, both of which will be more powerful than the single electric motor used in the current Insight and Civic Hybrid. Also on the menu is a lithium ion battery pack set to replace the current dated nickel metal hydride unit, with added capacity to allow for electric-only operation.

Apparently development of this tech is further along than first thought and Honda might place this next-gen hybrid powertrain in a minivan sometime in 2011 or so. Before that, though, we can look forward to the launch of Honda’s sporty CR-Z hybrid hatchback (read news item).

Honda Skydeck concept fq

Global sales of the Honda Accord Hybrid never really reached expected levels of success and we didn’t even see it here in NZ. Regardless, Japan’s second largest automaker is reportedly now hard at work continuing development of its proprietary Integrated Motor Assist hybrid platform so that it can once again be used to power larger vehicles like the Accord.

This time to make it work, Honda is adding another electric motor to the mix for a total of two, both of which will be more powerful than the single electric motor used in the current Insight and Civic Hybrid. Also on the menu is a lithium ion battery pack set to replace the current dated nickel metal hydride unit, with added capacity to allow for electric-only operation.

Apparently development of this tech is further along than first thought and Honda might place this next-gen hybrid powertrain in a minivan sometime in 2011 or so. Before that, though, we can look forward to the launch of Honda’s sporty CR-Z hybrid hatchback (read news item).

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