Can the 2006 Civic Hybrid Drive Using Only The Electric Motor?

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  1. tigerhonaker

    tigerhonaker Platinum Contributor

    Question; Can the 2006 Civic Hybrid
    Drive Using Only The Electric Motor?

    By: Eric Powers
    About Automotive
    March 21, 2006

    Yes it is true. The previous version of the Civic Hybrid always had to have the gasoline engine running when propelling the car forward, even when the electric motor was assisting. The restyled 2006 Civic Hybrid has a new version of the Integrated Mootor Assist, that allows the Civic Hybrid to “go electric” if the conditions are right.

    For example, when the road is relatively flat and you are using very little throttle, the electric motor alone may be able to keep car going at the desired speed. This can happen at city speeds or highways speeds, and as you might imagine, it increases the Civic Hybrid's fuel economy. The Civic Hybrid cannot keep this up indefinitely, and often a small incline or other environmental factor demand more power than the electric motor can handle on its own.

    Seamlessly the Civic Hybrid's gas engine comes back on and provides the needed power.

    Don't forget that the energy needed for the electric motor comes from the Civic’s hybrid battery so you may see the battery level go down a bit. Not to worry, as the Honda Civic Hybrid’s battery management system will keep the battery in check and will recharge the hybrid battery as needed.

    Here's a larger copy of the Honda Integrated Motor Assist that graphically explains the different modes. The mode that is labled "motor powered operation" is when the Honda civic Hybrid is using the electric motor alone.

    Honda's Redsigned Integrated Motor Assist
    Used in the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid



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