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.
Specifications of Blue Energy EHW5 cell
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
|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|
|SHUTTLE HYBRID||EH5||May 15, 2015|
|CLARITY FUEL CELL||EHW5||Mar 10, 2016|
|Accord||EHW5||May 26, 2016|
|New NSX||EHW5||Aug 25, 2016|