Honda Plug-in Hybrid Platform 1

At the LA show, Honda has also lifted the wraps off a new plug-in hybrid platform incorporating the company’s next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology in a mid-size sedan platform, which is set for a 2012 market debut.

The two-motor system continuously moves through three different modes to maximise driving efficiency: all-electric, petrol-electric and a unique, engine direct-drive mode. The plug-in hybrid also uses regenerative braking to charge the battery.

Honda Plug-in Hybrid Platform 2

In all-electric mode, the vehicle uses a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor. In all-electric mode, a range of approximately 16 to 24 km is achievable in city driving, with a top speed of 100 kph. The battery takes 2 to 2.5 hours via 120V, and from one to 1.5 hours using a 240V outlet.

The vehicle can also run in a gasoline-electric hybrid mode, the platform featuring a 2.0 litre i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, paired with an electric Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT). An onboard generator adds to the battery powering the electric motor. For more efficient high-speed cruising, the vehicle can engage in a direct-drive mode, in which only the engine drives the front wheels.