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Honda Hybrid Technology

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A formula for the future.

Honda Hybrids deliver responsive performance, excellent economy with much lower emissions.

A blueprint for a greener future

Honda Hybrid cars

Keeping up with the ever-increasing demand to meet lower emission standards for modern-day driving requirements is so important today – and for tomorrow’s environmentally-conscious world.

New regulations have already affected the cost of driving and they will continue to do so in future. The time for Hybrid power is now, and they’ll become even more popular as time goes on because hybrid cars deliver dramatically higher fuel efficiency with lower CO2 emissions than traditional petrol-powered vehicles. Quite simply, Hybrids are here to stay and, in the long run, great money-savers too.

Hybrid cars by Honda

We’ll continue to develop Hybrid vehicles in an aim to achieve a low carbon society.

Our expertise developing Hybrid over the years has been built on creativity, innovation and continual improvement. We first introduced Hybrid powertrain technology with the Insight in 1999 and ever since then, we’ve made significant improvements by developing these technologies to expand our range of Hybrid vehicles.

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

This is our next generation four-wheel drive system, in which the vehicle has a petrol engine that works with a large electric motor in the front and two electric motors at the rear. This particular Hybrid powertrain contributes to the cornering and braking performance as well as fuel efficiency. We don’t call it Super Handling – All-Wheel Drive for nothing.

Honda Hybrid Performance i-MMD

A highly responsive, super-smooth driving experience from a system that thinks for itself.

Front facing Hybrid Honda NSX parked in garage location.

The awesome NSX; our super-hybrid with Super handling all-wheel-drive. It uses the immediate torque response produced by the system’s three electric motor units, combined with a V6 petrol engine for astonishing levels of performance and handling.

Front facing Honda CR-V driving through mountain location.

The Honda CR-V, the world’s most popular SUV has now arrived in Europe.

We call it the intelligent Multi Mode Drive and it will switch between three modes, depending on the driving situation and the type of road you happen to be travelling on.

Double power

In simple terms, our advanced Hybrid vehicles combine the benefits of petrol engines with electric motors. They’re designed to give you much better economy by coupling a fuel-efficient petrol engine, with power from electric motors. They work in harmony, blending seamlessly to deliver smooth power and responsive acceleration when you need it.

Our new Hybrid SUV

The all-new Honda CR-V Hybrid.

Using the i-MMD two motor system, we’ve manufactured our first mainstream Hybrid SUV, to be sold in Europe, in the shape of the all-new Honda CR-V. Well known for its premium quality, versatility and class-leading spaciousness, this new CR-V – built around an Atkinson cycle, 2.0 litre petrol engine and our unique hybrid powertrain – is all set to take you much further, for a lot less, to the next horizon… and beyond.

Side view of Honda CR-V Hybrid car.

Driving force

Honda Hybrid performance.

Front view of NSX's Direct Drive Motor units.

The NSX’s Direct Drive Motor units are part of the most technologically advanced road car engine we’ve ever built.

The Honda i-MMD Hybrid powertrain delivers a strong immediate response through two electric motors; it’s an exhilarating drive. But it’s not all about that electronic torque, because our hybrid vehicles give you the best of both worlds. This type of intelligent drive technology will automatically switch seamlessly between electric power at lower speeds and petrol-power at higher cruising speeds, when it’s most efficient to do so.

Smooth and quiet

The experience of driving a Honda Hybrid is unique – there’s nothing quite like the calm and serene feeling of gently pulling away in the electric mode. Then, when the petrol engine comes to life, the transition is so quiet and smooth, you’ll wonder if the engine has actually started.

No need to plug in

The great thing about the Hybrid is that you don’t need to look for a charging station or have a special plug socket installed at home. The engine will continually charge the battery while it’s running – all you have to do is fill up with petrol as you normally would. It really is that simple.

Going lower

A Hybrid will cut your fuel bills, saving you money. Using less fuel also means low emissions – much better for your wallet and the environment.

Peace of mind

You’ll have no worries for five years or over a distance of 100,000km – whichever comes first – because the Honda i-MMD battery is totally covered by an extensive and comprehensive warranty; we’ll be with you all the way.

Clever hybrid

It thinks for itself.

Side view close-up of intelligent Multi Mode Drive system.

The i-MMD (intelligent Multi Mode Drive) system determines how to use fuel and electrical energy in the most efficient way, which means there’s no requirement for the driver to adjust between the three driving modes; Electric Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.

How Hybrid works in Electric Drive

In Electric Drive, the propulsion motor draws its power solely from the batteries, delivering super-quiet and low-emissions driving.

How Hybrid Drive works

In Hybrid Drive, the petrol engine supplies power to the electric generator motor, which in turn delivers power to the electric propulsion motor, so that any excess power from the petrol engine is diverted back through the generator motor to recharge the batteries.

How Hybrid works in Engine Drive

In Engine Drive, the wheels driven by the petrol engine, with an ‘on-demand’ peak-power ‘boost’ available from the electric motor when you need to make a quick overtaking manoeuvre.

Honda Hybrid Drive modes in action

In most urban driving situations, the vehicle will move between Hybrid Drive and Electric Drive for optimum efficiency.

Honda Hybrid drive modes video.

Question time

We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about hybrid performance.

What is hybrid technology? How does it work? How long do the batteries last? These questions, and many more, will be answered in Honda Hybrid FAQs.

Hybrid FAQs