Earth Dreams Two-Motor Hybrid System Earns Green Car Journal Nod
Honda’s highly-touted Earth Dreams Technology ™ two-motor hybrid system has been named among Green Car Journal’s Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014. The groundbreaking hybrid powertrain is the very same that allows the 2014 Accord Hybrid to get an incredible 50 miles to the gallon on the highway and is part of Honda’s ever-increasing Earth Dreams Technology lineup.
“Honda’s hybrid technology has progressed substantially since the introduction of the Insight in 1999,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of Product Planning and Logistics at American Honda, in a statement released by Honda. “Today, the Honda two-motor hybrid system that powers the Accord Plug-In and Accord Hybrid is the direct result of our commitment to create advanced vehicle technologies that offer top-of-class fuel economy ratings with a fun-to-drive character.”
The Earth Dreams Two-Motor Hybrid System is available for both the 2014 Accord Hybrid and its Plug-in Hybrid brethren. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid is EPA-rated to deliver 115 MPGe due to its ability to transition deftly between an electric motor and an i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine and features like regenerative braking.
Honda’s Earth Dreams Two-Motor Hybrid System was nominated against an impressive field of green technologies, including the Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain, Porsche’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, Ram’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, and the top honor-taking regen on demand brakes found in the Cadillac ELR.
The Earth Dreams engine earned its nomination for its ability to fuse top-of-the-line fuel efficiency with all-around sporty performance.
“Honda’s two-motor plug-in hybrid technology proves that high efficiency can go hand-in-hand with driving enjoyment,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Building on the strengths and outstanding efficiency of the two-motor Accord Hybrid, Honda’s Accord Plug-In adds the important flexibility of driving on hybrid, gasoline, or plug-in battery power as conditions and needs warrant.”
Green Car Journal also named the 2014 Honda Accord its 2014 Green Car of the Year earlier in January.