ADDRESSING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY ISSUES

 
Honda embraces its responsibility to help meet the challenges of climate change and energy scarcity. Recognizing that these issues are global in scope, Honda is committed to minimizing its environmental impact, with a particular emphasis on the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

 

Reducing CO2 Emissions

Reducing CO2 emissions from our products is a necessary step in combating climate change and energy scarcity issues, which is why Honda established voluntary targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions from its products by 2020. The company is aiming for a 30% reduction in emissions from its automobile, motorcycle and power equipment products compared to 2000 levels.
 

 

ADDRESSING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY ISSUES

At this point in time, there is no single technology that holds the key to our energy future. Honda's strategy encompasses multiple technology pathways and seeks to comprehensively address the challenges associated with the deployment of new energy and vehicle technologies.
 
Internal Combustion Engines - Further advances in gasoline engine and powertrain technology will play a critical role in improving automobile fuel efficiency in the near- to mid-term. Honda’s engines are already among the most advanced in the industry, with broad application of fuel-saving technologies such as variable valve timing, low-friction drivetrains, and cylinder deactivation. The ninth-generation Accord launched in the fall of 2012 with new Earth Dreams Technology four- and six-cylinder engines with significantly improved fuel economy and performance.
 
Natural Gas Vehicles - Honda's Civic Natural Gas is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available for retail purchase from a major automaker in North America. Manufactured in Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts, the Civic Natural Gas is certified as an Inherently Low-Emission Vehicle (ILEV)[1] and is now available for retail purchase in 37 states in the United States.
 
Gas-Electric Hybrids Vehicles - Honda pioneered hybrid vehicles in the U.S. and Canada with the launch of the first-generation Insight. Today, Honda markets four hybrid models in the U.S. and Canada through its Honda and Acura automobile brands: the Honda Insight, Civic Hybrid, CR-Z sport hybrid and Acura ILX Hybrid. The company’s Earth Dreams Technology next-generation powertrains include one-, two- and three-motor hybrid systems. The new two-motor system, paired with a highly efficient gasoline engine and electric continuously variable transmission (eCVT) will power the 2014 Accord Hybrid, which was launched in the fall of 2013 with a class-leading 50 mpg EPA city fuel-economy rating in city driving [1].
 
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles - In January 2013, Honda began marketing the 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, the company’s first plug-in hybrid automobile, to consumers in California and New York. Using Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system from the Earth Dreams Technology powertrain series, the Accord Plug-In has an EPA fuel economy rating of 118 MPGe in electric-only mode, making it the most fuel efficient five-passenger sedan in America at the time of its launch.
 
Battery Electric Vehicles - Between 1997 and 2003, Honda was the first to market an advanced-battery electric vehicle in the U.S., the Honda EV Plus. In July 2012, Honda began leasing its new Fit EV to customers in California and expanded its availability to Oregon and to select markets in six East Coast states. The Fit EV is one of the most fuel-efficient electric vehicles on the market in the U.S., with a combined EPA fuel-economy rating of 118 MPGe [3].
 
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles - Honda has worked to overcome many barriers to the marketability of fuel cell electric vehicles, including packaging, meeting U.S. safety requirements and high-efficiency performance in sub-freezing weather conditions. Honda's FCX Clarity packages Honda fuel cell technology in a futuristic and fun-to-drive four-passenger sedan. Honda has been putting customers in its fuel cell vehicles since 2005. Honda plans to launch a next-generation fuel cell vehicle in 2015.
 
Reducing Running Resistance - Honda is continually researching new means of reducing vehicle running resistance through improved aerodynamics, reduced vehicle weight and other means. For example, all new Honda and Acura automobiles introduced over the past several years have used increasing amounts of high-strength steel, which typically accounts for about half of a new Honda or Acura vehicle's steel body structure. The company recently commissioned a new wind tunnel at its Ohio R&D center to realize further gains in aerodynamic efficiency.
 
[1] EPA Tier-2, Bin-2, CARB AT-PZEV and ILEV certification as of September 2011.
 
[2] 50 city/45 highway/47 combined mpg rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
 
[3] 132/105/118 city/highway/combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by EPA. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.
 
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