December 21, 2018 10:34 am
Responsive, smooth, efficient. These are three of the benefits you’ll discover in the all-new CR-V Hybrid. Its intelligent, highly advanced hybrid powertrain provides a seamless and engaging driving experience on any journey.
Through advanced technology, the world’s most popular SUV delivers sporty performance and low emissions.
i-MMD (intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) technology delivers exceptional performance alongside outstanding efficiency. Its aerodynamic lines, created around a totally new chassis, make this 5th generation CR-V a real driver’s SUV. Once inside you’ll enjoy a luxurious, sophisticated interior displaying the latest in driver aids and infotainment alongside the comfort, space and versatility that CR-V is famous for.
Well, that’s quite a lot to take in all at once, so we’ll try and break it down into smaller sections – questions you may well ask – to give you a better idea how Honda Hybrid technology works.
When the vehicle starts, the petrol engine turns the electric motor, which at this point acts as a generator. It converts energy from the engine into electricity and stores it in the battery.
For initial acceleration and slow-speed driving, as well as reverse, the electric motor uses electricity from the battery to power the vehicle. (You can creep away from your house early in the morning without waking the neighbours). If the battery needs to be recharged the engine will start up and the generator will convert energy from the engine into electricity again, storing it in the battery.
The petrol engine is at its most efficient at cruising speeds and really comes into its own at this point; it powers the vehicle while providing power to charge the battery for later use.
There’s no need for you to charge a Honda Hybrid. It uses excess energy from the petrol engine and from regenerative braking to keep a constant state of charge going – as long as the engine is running, it’s making electricity and storing it in the battery.
For quick acceleration or when additional power is needed, the petrol engine and electric motor are both used to propel the vehicle. When the accelerator pedal is pressed the car draws on additional power from the battery to power the electric motor for that extra oomph!
Regenerative braking converts otherwise wasted energy from braking into electricity and stores it in the battery. In this type braking, the electric motor is reversed so that instead of using electricity to turn the wheels, the rotating wheels turn the motor to create electricity.
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 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. You don’t have to do a thing.
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.
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. We imagine you’ll be filling up a lot less as well.
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.
You’ll have no worries for a decade, or over a distance of 62,000 miles – 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.