Honda has a range of hybrid cars , but how does a hybrid car work? Is a hybrid car really more economical, and which is the most fun Honda hybrid car?
A hybrid car works by combining a petrol engine (or in some cases a diesel) and an electric motor, which is powered by a battery. The idea is that the petrol engine and the electric motor work together to provide improved fuel economy and lower emissions; when the car is being assisted by the electric motor, the petrol engine is using less fuel.
A Honda hybrid car doesn’t need to be plugged in to recharge it. This is because the hybrid system takes energy from the car’s powertrain that would otherwise have been wasted, and recycles it, whilst driving. For instance, when you brake, the hybrid battery captures this energy, and you can re-use this stored energy to accelerate. This means that a hybrid car is highly energy efficient.
Honda uses a simple, or mild, hybrid system, which is less complex, lighter, and less expensive than some other hybrid cars.
Can this still be more economical than the average car? Yes;
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has spent the last six years testing a wide range of green cars, and if driven carefully, the cars featuring the Honda hybrid system can definitely reward the owner with better levels of fuel economy than the average car.
Honda has a range of hybrid models on sale in the UK. The Honda Insight family hatchback is a petrol-electric hybrid model . A revised Insight model has recently been launched which returns 68.9mpg and has emissions of just 96g/km CO2, meaning that it is not only exempt from road tax, but it is also exempt from the London Congestion Charge – just some of the many reasons to buy a green car.
Honda even offers a hybrid version of its Jazz supermini . This delivers official combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg, along with emissions of 104g/km CO2. Even with its hybrid technology, it still has tardis-like levels of space inside when compared to its exterior dimensions.
However the best Honda hybrid car in terms of fun is the Honda CR-Z, which can manage 56.5 mpg along with emissions of 117g/km CO2. The Honda CR-Z is a small, compact, sports coupe, with two seats up front and a further two small seats for rear passengers. The Honda CR-Z hybrid is of particular note for having a 6-speed manual gearbox, as opposed to the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is found in most hybrids. This, combined with its sporty chassis, makes it more of a driver’s car than many hybrids.
Of course there are other Honda green cars . There will soon be a low emission Honda Civic with a smaller capacity diesel engine promising emissions of less than 100g/km CO2.
So there is a variety of Honda eco friendly cars, including Honda’s hybrid range. And watch out for the forthcoming Honda NSX hybrid supercar – which promises a great driving experience together with hybrid efficiency.
• Honda CR-Z Hybrid : An efficient, sporty hybrid car
• Honda Jazz Hybrid
: The first Petrol-electric hybrid super mini
• Honda Insight Hybrid
: The ‘affordable’ family hybrid
• Honda Jazz EV Concept electric vehicle : An urban electric car
• Honda NSX hybrid supercar concept has been revealed at the Detroit Show
• Honda FCX Clarity: The world’s first production hydrogen fuel cell car