How Do Honda Hybrid Vehicles Work?

For the 2017 model year, Honda has served up the award-winning 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid as its sole new hybrid vehicle. This incredible hybrid car features Honda’s pioneering two-motor hybrid design and was among just three conventional hybrid automobiles to earn the honor of being named to WardsAuto’s 2017 “10 Best Engines” list.

If you’ve ever been curious about how Honda’s hybrid cars work, keep reading—you’re about to find out! Come along with us as we explore Honda’s innovative hybrid technology in depth. Once you’ve read up on the subject, head over to your nearest Detroit Area Honda Dealers location, where you can experience Honda’s hybrid excellence for yourself!

A Pioneering System

Onboard the current incarnation of the Honda Accord Hybrid is an updated version of the Honda two-motor hybrid system, which is the first of its kind to be introduced within the automotive industry.

This two-motor hybrid system utilizes one motor for accelerating the Accord Hybrid from a stopped position, while the second motor is employed in starting the engine along with charging the first motor. Honda’s innovative hybrid system gets paired up with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that employs the Atkinson cycle combustion sequence to deliver maximum output with the least amount of fuel consumption. A notable feature of the Accord Hybrid’s powertrain is that it uses a gas engine to deliver power to the wheels under certain conditions, and this is done without a transmission.

As other Accord Hybrid models have offered in years past, the 2017 Accord Hybrid brings various driving modes to the road, including:

  • Hybrid Drive, which enables electric-only operation through the propulsion motor while the gasoline engine recharges the battery pack and utilizes the second motor as a generator.
  • EV Drive, which can use electric power alone in operating the front wheels as long as the lithium-ion battery pack is adequately charged.
  • Engine Drive, which uses the gas engine to deliver direct power to the front wheels. It is the only mode that can do this.
  • Sport Mode, which enables drivers to utilize both motors to achieve enhanced acceleration as well as a more energetic driving experience.
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Fresh Technologies

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When the innovators at Honda were developing the Accord Hybrid, it was necessary for them to bring some new technologies into play in order to accomplish what they had set out to achieve. These included:

  • Regenerative brakes: The Accord Hybrid’s regenerative brakes were crafted to deliver electricity to the vehicle’s battery. Once a driver’s foot leaves the accelerator, this regeneration begins—as opposed to only when the brake pedal is pushed down, as with other hybrid models.
  • Atkinson cycle engine: With an Atkinson cycle engine on deck, the intake valves remain open briefly during the compression stroke, which pushes air out of the cylinders and into the intake manifold. This lowers the compression ratio and facilitates fast, smooth starts, which is ideal for hybrid vehicles.
  • VTEC: With an Atkinson cycle engine, one drawback is an associated reduction in power. To address this, Honda’s designers installed VTEC, a system made to electronically control valve timing with camshafts that have two sets of lobes. One of the sets of lobes is for the Atkinson cycle, while one is for normal combustion. The engine’s computer changes between these two lobe sets according to engine speed and load.
  • Compact battery: The air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack found onboard the Accord Hybrid was crafted to fit in a compact case between the rear seat and the trunk, giving the Accord Hybrid a much more spacious cargo area than it would otherwise have if a traditional, bigger battery pack were used. The 2017 Accord Hybrid provides a total of 13.7 cubic feet of trunk volume.

Outstanding Fuel Efficiency

In purchasing a hybrid vehicle, motorists expect impressive fuel efficiency. That is, after all, the chief reason most consumers buy a hybrid vehicle in the first place. In the area of fuel economy, the Honda Accord Hybrid definitely does not disappoint! The 2017 Accord Hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated 49 mpg in the city, 47 mpg on the highway, and 48 combined mpg*—outstanding numbers that will have any driver smiling!

Experience Innovative Honda Hybrid Technology

Now that you know a lot more about how Honda’s hybrid vehicles operate, are you ready to test one out in person? Head over to any Detroit Area Honda Dealers location or contact us today to learn more about the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid and to take it out on the road for a test drive. A member of our crew will be happy to answer all of your questions, help you out with financing, and make you a terrific deal on this award-winning hybrid car!

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.

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