2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid
Posted on March 3, 2021
A very interesting addition to the CR-V model lineup that will be arriving in the Midland Honda showroom very soon. We have become accustom to the CR-V being the complete package…comfortable, refined, spacious and practical. Now add ‘super economical’ to complete the list of fine vehicle attributes. The Honda CR-V Hybrid is a vehicle with complex motor technologies but you wouldn’t know it when you get behind the wheel and start driving. Everything works seamlessly together to provide you a new driving experience that can be fun and worry free.
The concept for this CR-V is an electric vehicle powered by a combustion engine to maximize fuel economy. There are three engine modes that help achieve up to a thirty percent fuel savings, which is about 10 mpg more that the CR-V gas engine model. The Honda CR-V Hybrid has an EV drive where electricity from the small 2kWh battery pack powers the electric motor near the front wheels. The EV drive can use the energy from the buffer battery for a maximum of 8 km before internal recharging is necessary. The magic of the car’s programming has the internal combustion engine (ICE) come on shortly after you start rolling the car in EV mode. This is the Hybrid drive and it operates the vehicle most of the time. Here we have the 2-liter ICE powering an electric generator that in turn sends power to the electric motor for the drive train. Any excess energy created by the generator is diverted to top up the buffer battery. Honda engineers determined that there is a sweet spot for the ICE’s fuel efficiency when a driver needs to increase their speed between 80 km and 120 km. At this point the gas engine takes over completely and supplies all the power to the drive train. The car’s computer will adjust back to EV or Hybrid mode and shut the ICE down to conserve fuel consumption when conditions warrant the change. There is some new dashboard instrumentation that shows how this engine mode hand off happens in real time. The dash will also show you how well you are doing with regenerative braking. This is very cool and for those who like to monitor what is going on it can be a nice challenge to improve your car’s efficiency with your own inputs.
The Honda CR-V Hybrid generates electrical energy for the battery while you brake and you can also preset the car to generate extra energy while your rolling at any speed by using two paddles on the underside of the steering wheel. Hit the left paddle for more rolling regeneration and the right paddle for less rolling regeneration. The brake lights are not applied with this type of regeneration.
Once again when you start your Honda CR-V Hybrid in EV mode the ICE will kick in only to keep the car in an optimum running cycle. The engine will not stop and start at full stops like some vehicles you have seen and heard recently. The quiet start adds to a more relaxed comfortable feeling when you’re moving at low speeds in an urban environment. The beauty of silence is enhanced at higher speeds with Honda’s noise cancellation technology. Your car’s headliner microphone detects loud noises entering the cabin then sends out an audio frequency through the speaker system to offset the noise. Pretty amazing! The new Honda CR-V Hybrid arriving soon at Midland Honda has many trim levels in either two wheel or AWD. I encourage you to arrange a test drive and check out something different in one of your favorite Honda vehicles.
Until next time,