For Immediate Release
HONDA HYBRID SHOWCASE FOR HONDA
DETROIT, Jan. 4, 1999—The Honda V V hybrid prototype combines a broad range of technologies developed by Honda in its ongoing efforts to create cleaner, more efficient vehicles.
Technological highlights of the Honda V V hybrid include an ultra-efficient, lightweight, 3-cylinder engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, and weight reducing materials and technologies.
When it reaches production later this year, the Honda hybrid will boast a combined city/highway average fuel economy of more than 70 mpg, and will meet California’s Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) standard, currently the most stringent standard in the world.
From the driver’s viewpoint, the Honda hybrid will function very much like a normal car. Beneath the skin, however, the Honda hybrid will be one of the most technically sophisticated mass production vehicles ever made.
The V V drivetrain represents the further evolution of Honda’s innovative IMA system, first shown in the J-VX concept vehicle at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show. Unique to Honda, the innovative IMA system employs an ultra-efficient gasoline engine as its main power source under all driving conditions. A battery-operated electric motor provides additional power during acceleration, increasing the engine’s performance and efficiency.
The 1 .0-liter, 3-cylinder lean burn engine uses Honda’s patented VTEC technology for outstanding efficiency. Battery recharging is accomplished by the engine and through regenerative braking. The engine/motor is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. A sophisticated electronics package handles the automated charging, engine assist and electric current generation. The entire process is completely transparent to the vehicle’s occupants.
Material selection and advanced design brings the weight of the V V in at less than 2000 pounds.
Some of the features making this lightweight body possible include aluminum frame construction, aluminum roof, quarter panels and doors. The other body panels are made of highly moldable plastics.
The Honda V V represents advanced technology in the service of meeting the environmental challenge.