Honda Says It will be Fuel-Efficiency, Performance Leader In All Segments Within Three Years

By Jacob Brown | December 06, 2011
Honda is nothing if not ambitious, as the automaker claims to have engines and other technologies that will catapult its cars to class-leading fuel efficiency across all segments in which it competes. And it’s not claiming to have some far-off goal: Honda wants to do this within three years. Honda has been dogged with criticism recently because it hasn’t kept up with new technologies, such as direct-injection fuel delivery technology—which increases power and fuel economy—and its old-school hybrid systems. Not anymore. Called “Earth Dreams Technology,” Honda is planning to revolutionize its engines, electric motors, and transmissions. In the process, it hopes to reduce emissions by 30 percent by 2020, based on 2000 figures. Here’s how:
  • Honda will implement continuously variable automatic transmissions in all sizes of cars. Its largest, most powerful sedans will receive a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
  • All engines will receive either direct injection or Atkinson cycle technology that will allow them to burn gas more efficiently than current models.
  • Several engine and transmission parts such as water pumps and oil pumps will be run electrically instead of with belts coming from the engine. This will reduce friction and allow the engine to run more efficiently.
  • Engines and transmissions will be lighter than current designs, which reducing weight and boosting efficiency.
  • Hybrids will implement two electric motors instead of one. This will allow them to generate more power and run better in varying climates and conditions. Honda claims they will have better performance and greater fuel efficiency.
  • The next-generation all-wheel-drive technology will involve independent 27-horsepower motors on either rear side to power the rear wheels. When paired with Honda’s next-gen 310-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the automaker claims its cars will have four-cylinder fuel economy and V-8 power. Expect this to go into Honda’s large, premium vehicles like the Acura TL and RL.
  • Electric cars will have a 116-mpg electric equivalent and a range of 123 miles. With a 240-volt charger, it will take three hours to fully recharge a car versus six to eight hours for the current crop of electric vehicles.
Honda claims that all of the technology will help its cars greatly enhance their performance levels and fuel efficiency. Once considered an industry leader in fun, fuel efficiency, and emissions-reducing technologies, it looks like Honda finally got the memo that it should return to its roots. We’ll see when Honda’s next-generation vehicles “Earth Dreams” cars begin rolling out shortly.
Source: Honda