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Honda Details its New SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive System

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Honda has released some of the details for its new Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive hybrid system that will be used by Honda's smaller vehicles. According to Honda, the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive system will be the latest addition to the Earth Dreams Technology series of next generation powertrain technology that realizes both excellent driving performance and high fuel efficiency.

The new Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive system mates a new 4-cylinder 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine with a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission system with a built-in high-output motor and a Lithium-Ion battery to improve efficiency by more than 30 percent compared to a conventional one-motor hybrid system.

  • The combination of the one-motor hybrid system and the engine realizes sporty driving during acceleration and high-speed cruising by using the clutches to engage the engine

  • Highly efficient electric vehicle (EV) driving is realized during startup and low- to medium-speed cruising by using the clutches to disengage the engine

  • This system contributes to the improvement of fuel efficiency by increasing energy regeneration using the clutches to disengage the engine during deceleration
  • The new one-motor Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive system is the third hybrid system that Honda has developed. A two-motor system will be used by midsize vehicles like the Accord, and a three-motor system with SH-AWD will be used by models like the Acura RLX.

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