I was engaged by Honda to research on the IMA technology. The car of the future is going to be the hybrid car. What is a hybrid car? Cars with two types of engine that run on petrol and also electric is call the hybrid car as defined by the United Nations .

Honda has several models of hybrid cars like :

• Insight
• Accord Hybrid
(above two car models are not available yet in our Malaysian market)
• Civic Hybrid

I have spent a long time trying to figure out the hybrid car works. Luckily, Honda has a very informative site where they have clear graphics to show how the Integrated Motor Assist or IMA is Honda latest car technology works.

To simplify things, I have noted the followings :

How the hybrid system works/the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) unit

• The hybrid car has both engine and motor. When the car is stationary, there is no fuel consumption and emission are zero.

• However, when the car is at standing start, the electric motor delivers maximum torque to assist the engine which reduces fuel consumption.

• At low speed cruising, the car runs only on the electric motor and there is no fuel consumption at all.

• At high speed cruising, the engine runs on engine power, saving electric power because engine efficiency is high when the car runs at high speed.

• Both engine and motor work together when the car accelerates from cruising speed.


Honda’s Environmental Technology-Integrated Motor Assist

The Integrated Motor Assist or IMA is Honda latest car technology. Cars with two types of engine that run on petrol and also electric is call the hybrid car as defined by the United Nations .

Both of these engines either work together or individually.

How the hybrid system works/the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) unit

• The hybrid car has both engine and motor. When the car is stationary, there is no fuel consumption and emission are zero.

• However, when the car is at standing start, the electric motor delivers maximum torque to assist the engine which reduces fuel consumption.

• At low speed cruising, the car runs only on the electric motor and there is no fuel consumption at all.

• At high speed cruising, the engine runs on engine power, saving electric power because engine efficiency is high when the car runs at high speed.

• Both engine and motor work together when the car accelerates from cruising speed.

So, you may ask –

How different is the hybrid car from a conventional car

• Hybrid cars highly reduced fuel consumption and also reduce the emission of CO2 or carbon dioxide because the engines run on both electric and fuel.

• CO or carbon monoxide emission is also lessened with the IMA.

On the road, the car using Integrated Motor Assist technology is found to drive exactly the same as a normal car. The benefit is the low fuel consumption which is reported to be less than half the amount of petrol in city driving. (source : http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/6/15/lifefocus/21536487&sec=lifefocus)

People who cares about the environment and those who have the social responsibility to minimize global climate change will certainly opt for Honda’s Environmental Technology-Integrated Motor Assist vehicles. (http://world.honda.com/automobile-technology/IMA/)

I heard the car is more expensive but for those who can afford it and wish to make a statement that they are part of this green movement, I am sure they do not mind paying extra because it benefits the earth and our future.

For more information, please visit Honda Hybrid cars website.