Honda Announces New Automatic Insight Hybrid EV

May 13, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Honda (Torrance, CA) has announced its new Insight CVT, which it claims is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the US with an automatic transmission. The Insight CVT has EPA fuel economy ratings of 57mpg in the city, 56mpg on the highway, and a driving range of more than 500 miles.

The new Insight CVT features Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), a hybrid system that mergers a 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline automobile engine with an electric motor for improved efficiency and added power when needed. The electric motor also acts as a generator during deceleration and braking to recharge the batteries; the Insight's battery pack does not require recharging from an external power source. Honda has announced plans to introduce IMA hybrid technology to a model in the Civic lineup beginning in Spring 2002.

The new car meets the California Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standard, and carries a suggested retail price of $21,180.