The American Automobile Association announced the 2020 Volvo luxury sedan plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has earned the top score in its newly released AAA Car Guide, a consumer resource on the latest and greatest in vehicle technology.
The 175-page guide provides consumers with comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including braking, fuel economy, emissions, handling, ride comfort, acceleration and the number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) safety features.
All but one of the category winners for the 2020 Car Guide are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids, or hybrids. AAA states that signals that eco-friendly vehicles tend to offer the most cutting-edge vehicle technology.
The biggest increase by segment is — you guessed it — crossovers, which account for nearly half the total (49 percent). Light trucks at 28 percent are the next-biggest segment. The three passenger-car segments — luxury/sport, mid/large, and small — each comprise less than 10 percent of the total.
The BoA report also looks at each of the manufacturers and calculates their “replacement rate,” meaning their new-product intros as a percentage of their lineup. They calculate the industry average at 74%. BoA sees Honda (91%) and Hyundai/Kia (90%) with the most aggressive launch cadence over the coming four years, with FCA (57%) and Toyota (59%) at the bottom. Ford at 83% has the highest replacement rate among the Big Three, headlined by the new F-150, the new Bronco and the Mustang Mach E. Automakers with a fresher lineup historically have made gains in market share. BoA has published its study annually since 1991.
When the all-new Jazz launches later this year it will drive advanced Honda hybrid innovation from the race track to the road. Using engineering expertise from its motorsport team, Honda is drawing knowledge from its Formula 1 Hybrid Power Unit (PU) programme to improve the energy efficiency of the brand’s e:HEV hybrid system.
The latest Honda Formula 1 Hybrid Power Unit, named RA620H, uses a highly efficient 1600cc six-cylinder internal combustion engine, combined with an Energy Recovery System. The advanced hybrid electrical systems ingeniously recycle energy produced by the brakes and exhaust gases to generate extra boost power for acceleration and to reduce turbo lag. Last season, Honda’s Hybrid Power Unit helped its partner teams, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso (now known as Scuderia AlphaTauri), achieve a total of three race wins and six podium places.
Until now, Honda has focused on internal combustion, a well as placing a heavy focus on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles like the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, and it seems certain high-up execs aren’t too happy with the idea of shifting the focus to EVs.
That’s according to the Windsor Star, who interviewed Honda Canada’s new CEO, where he gave a scathing indictment of EVs, calling them nothing more than a “political agenda.”
Honda and SNAM have worked together since 2013, to ensure the traceability of end-of-life batteries and dispose of them in accordance with European Union environmental standards. The expansion of this agreement will see SNAM collect Lithium-ion and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries from across Honda’s dealer network and Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) in 22 countries, before analysing how suitable they are for recycling and processing them accordingly.
General Motors and Honda have agreed to partner up for two new all-electric vehicles for Honda, using GM’s new EV platform and Ultium batteries. Honda will do the bodies and interiors, and “the platform will be engineered to support Honda’s driving character.” Honda will also work GM’s OnStar systems into its own HondaLink smartphone integration setup and will get access to GM’s hands-free Super Cruise system.
“This agreement builds on our proven relationship with Honda and further validates the technical advancements and capabilities of our Ultium batteries and our all-new EV platform,” says GM executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain Doug Parks. “We have a terrific history of working closely with Honda, and this new collaboration builds on our relationship and like-minded objectives.” » […]
The Mach-E, Ford‘s first modern mainstream pure EV, is a large, high-performance SUV for which prices will start at around £42,000, in contrast to the new electric entry points from rivals such as Vauxhall, Peugeot and Honda, which are launching far more modest, and therefore cheaper, superminis.
While saying that the Mach-E’s size, performance and range capability mean its price still represents good value for money when compared with rivals, Hoare also insisted that this ambitious entry into the EV market is the right way for Ford to go.
He said: “We want to put the best foot forward for electrification, we want to demonstrate the great strengths of electrification, and make it aspirational, so the products that will come beneath it will start with credibility, and our customers will understand what is coming from Ford.
The 18 electrified vehicles Ford has announced for customers in Europe before the end of 2021 includes:
Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid, Puma EcoBoost Hybrid, Focus EcoBoost Hybrid, Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid, Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid, Tourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid and Transit EcoBlue Hybrid – featuring 48-volt mild hybrid technology for reduced CO2 emissions, optimised fuel efficiency, and a more responsive and rewarding driving experience
Mondeo Hybrid, Kuga Hybrid, S-MAX Hybrid and Galaxy Hybrid – featuring self-charging, full hybrid, petrol-electric powertrain technology that offers a compelling alternative to diesel and is capable of pure-electric driving for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios
Explorer Plug-In Hybrid, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid, Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid – offering pure-electric driving capability alongside the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine.
Mustang Mach-E and an all-electric Transit van – delivering pure-electric, zero-emission driving
The Clarity EV was the only fully electric vehicle Honda offered in North America.
Announced back in 2017, the Clarity lineup had been offered in three different versions—plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell. Only the EV is being discontinued, at least through the 2020 model year.
American Honda Motor confirmed to Green Car Reports last week that the Clarity Electric was discontinued at the end of the 2019 model year and won’t be coming back again.
In what was a very quiet last hurrah, leases for the model, which was limited to California and Oregon, faded out at the start of the year, and then in February, while we awaited what sounded like a refreshed model in the pipeline, at least one forum pointed to indications within Honda that the model wouldn’t be returning.
At the time the Clarity Electric was introduced, Honda engineers said that they based their decision on its battery size on feedback from California drivers of the former Fit EV; but ultimately that decision may have been what doomed the model, even in California, at a time when EV shoppers are focused on cars with more than 200 miles of range, The Clarity Electric carried an EPA-rated range of 89 miles from its 25.5-kwh battery pack. It was also Honda’s first electric vehicle to use CCS-format fast charging, allowing an 80-percent charge in just 30 minutes.
Everything from the range of the Honda e to its high-tech finish and dinky size makes it a direct rival to the MINI Electric, while the Renault ZOE delivers a less premium experience, but nearly double the driving range and a bit more interior space for a similar price. The Skoda Citigoᵉ iV is also a close rival, offering a much more basic interior, but at a drastically lower price.
Sit inside the Honda e and it’s clear how the price might be justified. When you slide into the driver’s seat, which has lovely, tactile upholstery, you’re faced with a touchscreen horizon stretching the width of the car. Screens for the side cameras (in place of door mirrors) bookend the digital driver’s readout and two central 12.3-inch touchscreens, and even the rear-view mirror doubles as a rear-facing camera in the Advance, should you want it.