HONDA Civic HYBRID | IMA
My first hybrid car
It all started in March 2004 when I was driving about 2000kms every week for living! Before I had a diesel car and so I decided to change the way I was helping to increase the air pollution, I choose to buy a Honda Civic IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) and it was one of the best choices I ever made!
This is the future for petrol cars (or maybe not) - a conventional petrol engine linked to an electric motor. The battery which is stored out of sight behind the rear seats is charged when you are coasting or braking and fed back to the engine under acceleration, it is essentially free power. It may have a conservative look, but there are many innovations (as well as the engine), such as a natural driving position, spacious interior and clear dash.
This new, updated edition of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle contains everything that made the first edition so popular while adding all the technological advances and new parts that are readily available on the market today.
With one billion cars expected to be on the roads of the world in the near future, the potential for war over oil and the negative environmental effects of emissions will be greater than ever before. Now is the time to seriously consider an alternative to standard automobiles.
Every time you make a complete stop on a red light or when there is lots of traffic ahead, for example, the motor will switch itself off and when you press down the clutch and engage first gear it will automatically restart itself. This was a little disturbing at first but soon one will get used to it and find it very useful. I found myself feeling contented in queues because I was not emitting unnecessary exhaust fumes.
Today this kind of systems are also seen in other cars and this technology will soon be present in every car.
Around town the Honda Civic IMA drives like any ordinary car, the 5 speed gearbox is light resulting in smooth easy gear changes. The engine is extremely quiet and refined, the urban fuel consumption is equally as impressive returning approximately 4.9 ltr/100kms. The problem sometimes is the extreme consumption of electricity which leads to low battery levels specially in slow traffic where the car can not get enough battery recharge.
Saving the environment does not mean skimping on safety - the Civic IMA features Anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electric Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes as standard. The front and rear spoilers also improve the car's aerodynamics reducing wind noise inside further improving fuel efficiency.
In answer to the main question people have asked about the car - No you do not have to charge the battery overnight by plugging it into the mains. Just fill it with unleaded petrol and the Civic IMA recharges itself on the move when necessary - It as as simple as that. The instrument panel is innovative and informative - and an indicator flashes to advise you when to change up or down a gear for optimum fuel efficiency. There is also a dial which indicates whether the electric motor is charging or assisting the engine which lights up a stunning shade of deep blue.
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My newest Honda Hybrid
During more than 4 years I went with him to Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Italy in several Euro-trips where he behaved like a modern airplane lol.
After almost 200.000 kms done with it and zero problems I am sure that I have no other choice rather than changing to the new Honda Civic Hybrid!
I loved the Honda Civic IMA so much that I choose to exchange it for the new Honda Civic Hybrid (March 2008)!
It is true that having an automatic transmission has been a great help for me since I had broken both wrists and consequently, had some difficulty using a manual transmission system.
I still have not made enough km´s (65.000km´s so far) to make a complete review. But I can say that the only feature I dislike in the Civic Hybrid is indeed its gearbox.
I`m not sure if it`s because I prefer manual gears or if it`s because thankfully I no longer need the continuous automatic gears...
Right now I leave you with some photos of my actual drive!
New Honda Civic Hybrid
The Civic Hybrid's engine won the International Engine of the Year "1 liter to 1.4 liter" size category award for three years straight from 2002 through 2004 as well as the "Best Fuel Economy" category for 2003 and 2004.
It has also won Motor Trend 2006 Car of the Year award, along with the rest of the Civic range.
Honda Civic Hybrid
Honda Civic Hybrid Review
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- Link to the new HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
2011 Honda Civic Hybrid - Official Honda Hybrid car web site.
Honda CIVIC Hybrid Commercial
2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid
Now that I do not need an automatic transmission anymore I must admit I felt in love by the new Honda Hybrid.
The new CR-Z was designed based on the beautiful old CR-X but this time it has a 1.5 Liter engine with an electric assistance motor.
I did not have the chance to drive it yet but I am sure I will love this car even more. In fact I`m waiting a little longer before I test it... I know for sure that I`ll want one the minute I get out of the test car.
Its 6 speed manual gearbox is something I am looking forward to experiment as I miss the manual transmission from my first Honda Hybrid.
As soon as I make the test drive with the new Honda CR-Z I will give you all my opinions. I am really looking forward to drive and own this beauty!
Let´s hope that in a nearest future all cars perform like this!
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