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February 17, 2022

Honda Says Its e:HEV Hybrid System Is More Efficient Than Its Competitors

Honda says its hybrid technology, e:HEV has managed to outperform both mild- and plug-in hybrid systems used in its competitors. The system, used in vehicles such as the HR-V, CR-V, Jazz, and the upcoming Civic, bested the competition in the company’s latest internal real-world testing.

Test data showed that over a prescribed 116-kilometer route, which took in a variety of traffic densities and road types, the e:HEV powertrain (also known as the i-MMD) offered the best elements of other hybrid system types, but with higher levels of real-world efficiency. With no need to plug-in and charge, the HR-V is suitable for every driving situation, combining the responsive performance of an electric vehicle with the usability of conventionally powered cars, without the range anxiety associated with monitoring battery charge levels.

In evaluating the powertrain of the all-new HR-V and its in-class rivals on public roads, the e:HEV system significantly outperformed a competitor vehicle fitted with 48V ‘mild’ hybrid system; something increasingly found in many new vehicles today. A mild hybrid uses a 48V battery and an integrated starter generator that allows the engine to switch off when coasting or braking.

Under test conditions, the all-new HR-V carried a weight disadvantage over its mild hybrid rival of around 120 kilograms due to the inclusion of a full hybrid system. Despite the marginal increase in weight, the advanced powertrain of the HR-V ensured that it delivered an average consumption 4.25 km/L better than its rival. In urban environments, this margin extended out to 54.48 km/L better than the 48V powered competitor, underlining the flexibility of the e:HEV system.

What sets the e:HEV system apart is how its three drive modes interchange seamlessly to ensure optimum performance in all driving scenarios – something that mild hybrid systems cannot do. The intelligent Electronic Control Unit constantly and automatically cycles between Electric Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive, depending on which is the most fuel-efficient drive mode in the specific driving situation.

During testing, the e:HEV system was found also to deliver efficiency comparable with a rival manufacturer’s PHEV. While owners of plug-in hybrids are required to keep their vehicle’s battery topped up to achieve maximum efficiency, Honda’s self-charging e:HEV system operates at its most efficient level at all times, without any charging from a wall socket required. Despite utilizing the rival’s latest iteration of PHEV powertrain, the plug-in competitor delivered similar total elapsed time in EV drive mode in urban environments to the HR-V showing no real benefit to the more complex plug-in system. In extra-urban environments, where the majority of vehicles operate, the HR-V surpassed the PHEV for total time spent in EV mode by 3 percent.


  1. Honda PH, beke nemen gusto niyo na mag dala ng new hybrid dito, hehehe..

  2. Then bring it here Honda PH. City hybrid, HRV hybrid, CRV hybrid.

  3. The pricing might be the reason why Honda Phils. is not yet ready to bring their hybrids to our country. Most likely, the 'masa' is not yet ready for hybrids in terms of cost of ownership.
    Not sure how the Toyota hybrids are faring in terms of sales here in the Phils.
    - Mark J.

    1. Honda Thailand is full of hybrids and that's where we source most of our models.

      Pricing is good there so pricing will also be good here. With gas prices reaching 70pesos per liter. Now is the right time promote this.

      Corolla cross hyrbrids are getting sold here despite the 1.6M price so consumers are willing.

  4. Nissan is killing it with ePower now. When is Honda bringing the e:Hev??


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