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Development of New 2.0 L Gasoline Engine for Accord Hybrid

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.25 No.2


We developed a new 2.0 L gasoline engine for an Accord hybrid. This engine achieved remarkable fuel efficiency, and complied with the SULEV20 regulation for the first time in the world for an Accord plug-in hybrid in North America. The mechanical compression ratio was set to 13 and improvement in thermal efficiency was aimed at by adopting the Atkinson cycle and cooled EGR. Applying a VTEC system to the intake valve-train, we set up the output cam and the fuel economy cam. The output cam has narrow duration and is used as needed at the time of starting and high-output. The fuel economy cam has wide duration and is used during normal driving. By controlling air-intake closed-valve timing in combination with VTC, the fuel economy cam can acquire the maximum effect of the Atkinson cycle. The minimum specific fuel consumption attained was 214 g/kWh, equaling a 10% improvement in fuel consumption compared to the mass-production 2.0 L engine.
Moreover, we also aggressively tackled engine weight saving. A lightweight forged crankshaft was adopted, and the piston design was optimized, and lightweight press-type rocker arms were applied to the exhaust valve-train. As a result, the newly developed DOHC engine attained 4.7% weight savings over the mass-production 2.0 L SOHC engine.


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Akiyuki YONEKAWA(Automobile R&D Center)、Osamu WATANABE(Automobile R&D Center)、Noritaka SEKIYA(Automobile R&D Center)、Naohiro ISHIKAWA(Automobile R&D Center)

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