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Dec 24th, 2010
Honda's PHEV has different motor system from Toyota's
Honda Motor Co Ltd disclosed the details of the electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) that it will start testing in Japan.
The PHEV is based on Honda's "Inspire" sedan. The company combined an in-line four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with a displacement of 2.0L, two motors and a lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery. One of the motors has a maximum output of 120kW and is used to drive the vehicle and regenerate energy. The other is used as a generator that can generate about 100kW of electricity.
Fig 2: The inside of the PHEV's hood. A motor and a generator are located next to the 2.0L engine.
Also, it is possible to drive the vehicle as an EV while using the engine and the generator to generate electricity and storing it in the Li-ion rechargeable battery, Honda said.
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