Development[ edit ] Honda began to study small sized business jets in the late s, using engines from other manufacturers. Designer and company founder Michimasa Fujino sketched the HondaJet inand the concept was locked in Testing in the Boeing windtunnel indicated a valid concept in
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana manufactures its first Insight! The new Insight will be smaller and lighter than the outgoing mpg Accord Hybrid, so it will be surprising if it actually achieves only 50 mpg. The question is whether the exact same hp, 1.
Here's Honda's December 19, press release about the new ZE3? The press release says, "…the all-new model will be powered by Honda's two-motor hybrid system offering fuel economy that is competitive with other compact hybrid models. This is really exciting! A New Insight for ?!?! He did not reveal the name of the new dedicated hybrid, but of course, it should be called "Insight.
Indeed, due to the tiny number less than 15, of the lustre-generating, ground-breaking, original ZE1 Insights produced, the legend of this fabulous model is not well-known to the public in general.
The ZE1 was Honda's proof-of-concept that showed off their materials engineering, aerodynamic design, and electric motor technologies.
It was never meant to be a high-volume vehicle. Indeed, Honda sold the ZE1 for much less than it must have cost to build this all-aluminum car. However, the ZE2 wasn't a lot less expensive than a Prius and it couldn't match the Prius' fuel economy.
Sales never met expectations and Honda gave up on the ZE2 in The CR-Z, a very low-volume 2-seat sports-car variation on the ZE2, remained in production until At that point, Honda's "mild-hybrid" IMA system had run its course. Although it worked fabulously in the lb all-aluminum, ultra-aerodynamic, two-seat ZE1, it couldn't compete with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive in a larger, heavier vehicle.
Again, the world had to soldier on without the Honda Insight. One of the brilliant features of the I-MMD system is that it essentially has no transmission!
Instead, it incorporates the function of a mechanical Continuously Variable Transmission CVT into the electric-motor mechanism. The I-MMD's E-CVT transmission produces far less friction than conventional transmissions, which, paired with its lighter weight, helps to improve fuel efficiency.
This Car and Driver article describes it in more detail. Of the three Clarity variants, only the Plug-In with it's anticipated mile electric-only range will be available in all 50 states.
It's expected to begin arriving at dealers in late I had my garage wired for volts in anticipation of the Clarity Plug-In months before Honda's announcement of their new dedicated hybrid car.
What is this New Dedicated Hybrid? Now for some speculation about the new Insight. Honda does not manufacture the smaller Fit in the US. Honda does manufacture Civics in Greensburg, Indiana. The answer has to be because a new Civic Hybrid wouldn't achieve Honda's goals.Honda Reports Rise in Profit on Cost Cuts, Healthy Sales.
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