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You are in the Honda Accord Hybrid
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Honda Accord, Hybrid Cars
#2170 of 3601 Re: Honda Accord Hybrid [1winglow]
Jan 20, 2005 (6:39 am)
This is the first time Iíve heard of electric powered brakes in production cars. Could you elaborate on it?
Now, electric power steering (EPS) does make sense with auto-stop feature. But, it isnít limited to hybrids! Honda introduced its EPS with 1997 NSX. Since then, Insight, S2000, Civic Si, Civic Hybrid and Accord Hybrid have used it in US market. Complex and high maintenance it is not! Electrical systems are more reliable and lower maintenance! Expect to see more of it in the future, in hybrids or non-hybrids.
You bring up ďcomplex carsĒ. I suspect you meant cars in general because they are getting complex by the day as technology evolves. And especially for people who cannot keep up with times. Iíve seen the same being said about computers.
As for starter, you continue to shoot in the dark.
#2171 of 3601 Re: Honda Accord Hybrid [1winglow]
Jan 20, 2005 (6:41 am)
The Prius runs primarily on electric power... The Prius turns on the gasoline engine ONLY when the battery runs very low and needs recharging, or when you need quick acceleration.
Based on statements like that and your earlier statements about the "starter" in the HAH, it is clear you don't know much about how gas/electric hybrids work. There are some discussions here at Edmunds.com about that subject, which would help you make informed points about the HAH vs. posting "bashings" not based in fact.
#2172 of 3601 Re: Honda Accord Hybrid [gagrice]
Jan 20, 2005 (8:01 am)
To date (800 miles) I have avegared 30.5 MPG via trip computer. My last tankfull indicated 30 even based on manual calculations. This was all city driving but did include some stop & go freeway during commute hours. Overall my main impression is that the car is very comfortable and the Hybrid factor is almost transparent. That is to say it doesn't seem wierd or different except for the odd feeling that my engine keeps stalling at stop lights! As for the electric brake question.. The brakes are not electric actually. They are pretty standard vacuum assist. I think there may be an electric vacuum pump to keep them charged during long engine off periods but the owners manual states that after a long period of time the engine may come back on to provide additional vacuum. I would be most happy to answer any specific questions about this car even if I have to do some specific checking. Being that I did take the "plunge" I would like to do my part to bolster the future of hybrid cars in general.
#2173 of 3601 Re: Honda Accord Hybrid [azhah]
Jan 20, 2005 (8:11 am)
Thanks for the report. As a point of reference, the best overall (mixed city/highway) fuel economy ever observed by Consumer Reports in their years of vehicle testing for an automatic-transmission gas-powered (non-hybrid) car was 30 mpg, and that was for a few compact cars. So your 30 mpg on a new car in all city driving, with some stop & go freeway driving, is quite impressive I think, given that the HAH is considerably larger and heavier and has much higher performance than those other cars (Mazda3i, Scion xA and xB).
#2174 of 3601 Re: Honda Accord Hybrid [azhah]
Jan 20, 2005 (8:16 am)
I would like to do my part to bolster the future of hybrid cars in general.
This is a good place to pass on your experiences with the HAH. For every owner that adds his review, it may encourage someone else to spend the little extra to push the hybrid technology forward.