Blue Energy’s Lithium-ion batteries used in Honda’s new NSX hybrid super car

Blue Energy, a joint venture between GS Yuasa and Honda, has announced that their state of the art EHW5 lithium-ion battery will be used on Honda’s new NSX hybrid-powered sports car.

The new EHW5 lithium-ion battery has been engineered to generate higher output despite a reduced size and weight. The battery is 17% lighter and 7% smaller than conventional products but delivers more capacity and higher output as well as durability and safety. This has allowed the battery module on each vehicle to be reduced by 20% in size with a 15% weight reduction.

Launched in August this year, Honda’s new NSX is 550+ BHP hybrid sports car powered by a direct-injection V6 petrol engine, boosted by a single electric motor driving the rear axle. At the front are two further electric motors, which vary the amount of torque applied to each wheel. This configuration is Honda’s Sport Hybrid all-wheel-drive system (SH-AWD).

The Blue Energy battery efficiently stores regenerative energy, which is collected during deceleration and ensures smooth and powerful acceleration performance by assisting the engine and the electric motors. With the EHW5, Blue Energy has achieved a high battery quality that can meet the high power and exothermic performance requirements unique to sports cars.

Established in 2009 by GS Yuasa and Honda, Blue Energy is focussed on developing lithium-ion batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles. The company’s aims are to significantly contribute towards the establishment of a green energy society.

Blue Energy Lithium-ion batteries will be used in the new Honda NSX Hybrid

Specifications of Blue Energy EHW5 cell

Capacity: 5Ah
Voltage: 3.6V
Width: 120mm
Depth: 12.5mm
Case Height: 85mm
Operating Temperature Range: -30℃ ~ 55℃
Storage Temperature Range: 40℃ ~ 65℃
Maximum Current: 300A

Capacity at charging voltage of 4.2V

Vehicles installed with Blue Energy lithium-on batteries

Vehicle Product Launched
CR-Z EH5 Sep 28. 2012
Accord Hybrid EH5 Jun 20, 2013
Accord PLUG-IN HYBRID EH19 Jun 20, 2013
FIT HYBRID EH5 Sep 6, 2013
VEZEL HYBRID EH5 Dec 20, 2013
GRACE HYBRID EH5 Dec 1, 2014
JADE HYBRID EH5 Feb 13, 2015
LEGEND EH5 Feb 20, 2015
Accord EHW5 May 26, 2016
New NSX EHW5 Aug 25, 2016