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Brand-New Honda Two-Motor Hybrid Model Coming in 2018

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 1/10/2017 Tony Markovich

Brand-New Honda Two-Motor Hybrid Model Coming in 2018© Tony Markovich Brand-New Honda Two-Motor Hybrid Model Coming in 2018 The star of Honda's booth at the 2017 Detroit auto show is the new 2018 Odyssey with its configurable seats, floating roof, and 10-speed automatic transmission. But a footnote announcement revealed that Honda is bringing an all-new dedicated hybrid in 2018 and will begin using its two-motor-hybrid system in its light-truck lineup.

These plans are key pieces in Honda’s overall electrification initiative. According to Honda president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo, half of Honda's all-new vehicle launches in the next two years will feature some sort of electric-drive technology, and the company has set a goal to have two-thirds of all sales come from electrified vehicles by 2030. Its ambitious objective is to cut total C02 emissions in half from 2000 levels by 2050.

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Honda didn’t give many details about what form the new hybrid model will take, but the company noted that it will use the same two-motor system employed in the Honda Accord hybrid, which earns an EPA rating of 49/47 mpg city/highway. The hybrid model will complement the Clarity, seen below, which is currently available as a fuel-cell vehicle and will be joined by all-electric and plug-in-hybrid versions this year.

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Honda also is scheduled to announce a two-motor-hybrid application for its light-truck lineup, which includes the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, and Ridgeline. A Honda rep wouldn't specify what vehicle will be the recipient or whether it's more than one. A CR-V hybrid makes sense to compete with the Toyota RAV4 hybrid, and an Odyssey hybrid to compete with the new Chrysler Pacifica hybrid could have short odds, given that Honda offers a hybrid minivan (also called Odyssey but smaller and unrelated to the U.S. model) with the two-motor setup in Japan.

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