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WHAT IS A HYBRID?

A hybrid vehicle includes both an electric motor(s) and gas motor and sometimes recoups energy through regenerative braking. It combines power from these two energy sources to propel the car forward, resulting in less gas burned and better MPG.

The two engines alternate as they work, and sometimes they work together, depending on the rate of acceleration and the driving conditions. Simply put, two are better than one and the resultant efficiencies and the increase in fuel economy are tremendous benefits.

The transmissions in hybrid vehicles are also evolving, like the CVT transmission. A CVT gearbox uses a metal belt or chain running between two pulleys in lieu of gears. This provides smoother ratio adjustments for peak efficiency.

An eCVT transmission is even more effective. It uses electric motors to modulate the speeds of gearbox components to ensure the engine RPM remains in the optimal range.

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HOW DOES A HYBRID WORK?


Twin-Motor Hybrid Powertrain:

Twin-Motor Hybrid Powertrain

This innovative powertrain delivers outstanding fuel economy for both the Honda Accord Hybrid and the Honda CR-V Hybrid. The system consists of a powerful drive motor as well as a motor/generator and a lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery pack. The three main functions of the gasoline engine are to power the generator to supply electricity for the drive motor, to directly power the front wheels, and to charge the battery pack.

The motor/generator only acts as a motor to start the engine and operates a powerful generator the rest of the time. When the conventional gasoline engine is running, the generator spins and recharges the battery for later use.

Regenerative Braking:

Regenerative Braking

All Honda hybrid models also feature innovative technology known as regenerative braking. In an effort to recapture energy that’s typically lost during the braking process, these advanced systems store this energy for later use inside the battery. This process begins as soon as you lift your foot off of the accelerator — not just when you press the brake pedal.

Lightweight Battery:

Lightweight Battery

Unlike other hybrids on the market which compromise on interior space and comfort, Honda engineers perfected the battery positioning on all Honda hybrid models. Located low beneath the floor, this clever positioning provides enhanced handling because of its lowered center of gravity and maximizes interior space. A sophisticated air-cooled system keeps temperatures low and battery efficiency high.

DO YOU HAVE TO PLUG IN A HYBRID?

It depends on the type of hybrid. The CR-V Hybrid, Accord Hybrid, and Insight are known as parallel hybrids and do not require an external plug-in. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid uses a larger battery and requires an external electricity source. This allows the Clarity to use more electric power and to offer a 47-mile all-electric range that is perfect for your daily commute.

ADVANTAGES OF DRIVING A HYBRID

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Exceptional Fuel Economy: The most well-known benefit of owning a hybrid is the savings at the pump. Since hybrid vehicles use far less gas, especially around town and in the city, you’ll notice significant savings compared to a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

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Cleaner Emissions: Your wallet won’t be the only part of your life that benefits from driving a hybrid. Hybrid vehicles help our environment by producing far fewer carbon emissions than a gas-powered model. With the growth of hybrid vehicle popularity, together we can all enjoy cleaner air through reduced emissions.

Tax Savings

Tax Incentives: Another advantage of hybrid car ownership is the availability of tax credits and incentives from the U.S. government. To reward you for purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle, certain owners may be eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit through federal tax credit programs. Additional state-level incentives may be available as well.

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High Resale Value: Due to the rapid growth of hybrid popularity in recent years, more and more drivers are making the switch. As a bonus, many hybrid owners are reporting superior resale value thanks to the increased demand for hybrid models.

Exceptional Fuel Economy: The most well-known benefit of owning a hybrid is the savings at the pump. Since hybrid vehicles use far less gas, especially around town and in the city, you’ll notice significant savings compared to a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

Cleaner Emissions: Your wallet won’t be the only part of your life that benefits from driving a hybrid. Hybrid vehicles help our environment by producing far fewer carbon emissions than a gas-powered model. With the growth of hybrid vehicle popularity, together we can all enjoy cleaner air through reduced emissions.

Tax Incentives: Another advantage of hybrid car ownership is the availability of tax credits and incentives from the U.S. government. To reward you for purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle, certain owners may be eligible for up to a $7,500 tax credit through federal tax credit programs. Additional state-level incentives may be available as well.

High Resale Value: Due to the rapid growth of hybrid popularity in recent years, more and more drivers are making the switch. As a bonus, many hybrid owners are reporting superior resale value thanks to the increased demand for hybrid models.

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HYBRID MODELS COMPARED

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid 2021 Honda Insight 2021 Honda CR-V Hybrid 2021 Honda Clarity PHEV
Starting MSRP $27,325 $23,885 $28,970 $33,400
Powertrain 2.0L third-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain 1.5L Atkinson cycle engine, powerful electric propulsion motor, and lithium-ion battery pack 2.0L third-generation two-motor hybrid powertrain with Real Time AWD™ 1.5L Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder Engine
Horse Power 212 151 212 181
City/Hwy/Combined MPG 48/48/48 55/49/52 40/35/38 47 all-electric driving-range rating 110 MPGe gas-electric rating 44/40/42 gas-only range rating
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