Honda is said to be targeting a 15 mile emissions free range for its upcoming plug-in hybrid.
At the recent Geneva Auto Show, the Japanese auotmaker showcased a mock-up of the Plug-In Hybrid architecture, but was mum on details. What is known is that the new system is a leap-forward from the current Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid. The new plug-in hybrid powertrain will be a full hybrid, allowing operation in both electric and gasoline modes, as well as a combined mode. That electric only stage will reach as far as 15 miles, according to comments made by Honda at the recent International Rechargeable Battery Expo in Tokyo.
The powertrain itself uses a lithium-ion battery pack, which is mated to a 4-cylinder gasoline engine. Designed to work in mid-size vehicles, it is believed Honda will debut in new Plug-In Hybrid system in the next Accord.
[Source: Automotive News via Motor Trend]