Friday, July 11, 2008

Latest Technology In Honda Civic Hybrid

Honda Civic hybrid is the hybrid version of Honda Civic Sedan. Continuously variable transmission and Integrated Motor Assist are used in Honda Civic Hybrid version to make it a more fuel efficient Hybrid Sedan.

Honda Civic hybrid version uses the method Power Assist Hybrids.The technology is that the electric motor is mounted between the engine and transmission. It is large electric motor which operates not only when the engine needs to be turned over, but also when the driver changes the driving mode to the gasoline mode and requires extra power. Honda Civic hybrid version also uses Integrated Motor Assist (commonly abbreviated as IMA) It uses an electric motor mounted between the engine and transmission to act as a starter motor, engine balancer, and assist traction motor. The theory behind IMA is to use regenerative braking to recapture some of the energy lost during deceleration, and reuse that energy later on to help accelerate the vehicle. IMA technology has two effects:

1.IMA raises the rate of acceleration, and it lowers the work required of the mechanical engine. The acceleration boost is important as it allows the engine to be scaled down to a smaller but more fuel-efficient variant without rendering the vehicle overly slow or weak. This smaller engine is the primary reason cars equipped with IMA get better highway mileage than their more conventional counterparts.

2.Additionally, vehicles equipped with IMA can shut off their engine when the vehicle stops and use the electric motor to rapidly spin it back up when the driver releases the brake pedal.

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