Of all the automakers in the world, Honda is likely the most advanced of the bunch. With a reach expanding outside of the automotive industry, like ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, the Japanese automaker is constantly innovating its vehicles with new technology. The latest development out of Honda is unprecedented and involves the future of hybrid vehicles.
A Honda hybrid car powered by a motor that doesn’t use rare earth metals may not be as far off as one might think. In partnership with Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Honda has developed just that and, best of all, it can be used in actual hybrid vehicles.
The new motor uses a neodymium magnet that has high resistance to heat, a key factor in hybrid vehicles. According to Honda, the new motor will make its market debut under the hood of the Honda Freed, a hybrid model set to hit dealerships this fall.
Rare earth metals are used in everything from cars to smart phones. More than 80% of 17 rare earth metals comes from China alone and, with China imposing restrictions on exportations of the elements, Honda is taking steps towards independence from them.
Here at Floyd Traylor, we’re pumped to see Honda continuing to lead the market in research and development!