Driving action to solve environmental dilemmas with Earth Dreams Technology. Honda aims for a breakthrough in eco performance while striving for superior joy of driving. (By 2020, Honda aims to reduce CO2 emissions for all products by 30%)
When Honda introduced the CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) engine in 1972 to tackle stringent emissions control, it gave them the confidence that more innovative engines could be designed to retain the Honda’s joy of driving – one that not only achieves good fuel economy but gives excellent power. The obsessive need to balance the two has become a characteristic of all Honda engines ever since, with the VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System) and i-VTEC (Intelligent VTEC) later introduced to achieve this and with great success.
Pushing the boundaries further, “Earth Dreams Technology” is deemed to be Honda’s next generation technology for automobiles, designed to enhance driving performance and fuel efficiency even more. To pursue the joy of driving unique to Honda, the efficiency of the engine, transmission and electric-motor technology is further measured and improved.
Honda has already started implementing the gasoline engine starting with the mini vehicle N BOX. To realise high output and fuel efficiency, the original VTEC is refined to thoroughly improve thermal efficiency and minimise friction. A wide range of engine classes from 660cc to 3.5L classes will feature the technology.
Meanwhile, a compact diesel engine is also taking root to boast the world’s lightest body, top-of-class acceleration and fuel efficiency. This is made possible through optimised engine rigidity, thermal system, combustion pressure and reduced mechanical friction. Three CVT structures are also currently being developed for mini, compact and mid-size vehicles. The overall mechanisms are thoughtfully enhanced to realise a lightweight body and achieve a 5% and 10% increase in fuel efficiency (compared to conventional CVT) for the compact and midsize classes.
Other key features in this next generation set of “Earth Dreams Technology” includes a two-motor hybrid system with EV, Hybrid and Engine-Connected Driving Modes; a high efficiency, high output electric SH-AWD hybrid system that combines a 3.5L V6 engine for large-sized vehicles; and a compact, high efficiency electric powertrain for EVs.
Earth Dreams Technology is targeted to be ready for every category within three years and by 2020, Honda aims to reduce CO2 emissions for all products by 30%. Now that is something to get excited about as the world rushes to tackle the effects of climate change.