Honda’s proven e:HEV hybrid system has proven more efficient and usable than other hybrid powertrains, according to Honda’s latest internal field testing. e:HEV is the most practical everyday solution for most driver needs, with no need for a plug, no range anxiety and ultra-low emissions driving.
The e:HEV system, which formed the basis for Honda’s Electric Vision, is now standard on the HR-V, CR-V, Jazz and upcoming all-new Civic models. The e:HEV system is built around a highly efficient petrol engine and twin electric motors.
Test data shows that on a 116 km route, the e:HEV powertrain offered the best elements of other hybrid system types, but with a higher level of efficiency in the field. Because the HR-V does not need to be charged, it is suitable for any driving situation.
What sets the e:HEV system apart is the way it seamlessly switches between the three driving modes to ensure optimum performance in all driving scenarios – something mild hybrid systems cannot do.
During testing, the e:HEV system was also found to deliver efficiencies comparable to a competing manufacturer’s PHEV. While owners of plug-in hybrids are required to keep their vehicle’s battery charged to achieve maximum efficiency, Honda’s self-charging e:HEV system operates at its most efficient level at all times, without the need to charge through a Wall outlet.