Honda’s new Hybrids won’t use rare metals in car manufacturing.
Honda’s hybrid cars have the batteries which use rare metal in them too. Honda however has recently decided to reduce the use of these rare-metals in the cars in order to preserve the natural environment and decrease the cost of car.
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This step taken on part of Honda is hailed all over the world as it will produce low priced hybrids. The metals such as terbium and dysprosium is used in the vehicles which are considered as rare-metals.
The vehicle that will be getting this kind of renewed battery is Honda Freed which is a subcompact minivan. This car will go on sale later this year. It is one of the first hybrids made by Honda that will not use these rare-metals.
This new technology will also let Honda get free from China for which it has to depend for the rare metal. China currently supplies 90% of these rare metals to Honda.
The new process that is being used is called “hot deformation method”. It will make sure that heavier metals are not used in making cars thus will actually help in cutting the cost of hybrid cars too. Honda’s new hybrid cars use another rare metal which is called neodymium, it is a lighter metal.
Honda said that cutting down the use of rare metal which is used in batteries and magnets of cars will cut down the price by at least 10 percent. It will also reduce the weight of car by 8 percent which is pretty significant.
Freed was introduced in Japan for the first time in 2008. It is still being sold in the country with a gas version. It is the first time that this car will be sold in hybrid power. Honda is claiming that it will be able to get 51 miles per gallon in the Japanese traffic system.