Aggressive driving -- lead-footed acceleration, speeding, excessive braking -- can slash highway mileage by 33 percent, according to government estimates. Honda's Insight hybrid, arriving in April, softens the effects of wasteful driving and tells you when you're indulging in bad habits.
Powered by a 1.3-liter, 88-horsepower gas engine and a 13-horsepower electric motor, the car averaged 38 miles per gallon even when I was ignoring its warnings. Mileage shot up to the low 50s when I engaged the car's three gas-saving features, detailed on the next page.
See Mike Spinelli's video review of the 2010 Honda Insight:
Hum. This is a great idea! I wonder why other companies’ haven’t had this idea... Oh wait, the 2010 Ford Fusion has this almost exact technology.
Can't wait to hear of someone driving, albeit conservatively, for a few hundred extra miles just to score eco-points and get their car up on You-tube as the first to win a trophy.
I noticed there was no mention of whether the new Insight is a plug-in or not-- the most significant way to drive down the cost of operating a hybrid is being able to recharge the batteries when at home, the office or elsewhere. If all hybrids were sold as plug-ins, a lot more of them would be sold.
But any hybrid is economically miserable compared to a full electric vehicle-- by comparison, even an EV as powerful and sexy as the Tesla gets the equivalent of well over 100 mpg. The savings on fuel is enough to make it economically reasonable to buy an "expensive" EV.
Looks like a Toyota Prius, with a Honda spin to it.
It's a little disappointing to see our bailout money being used to produce technology in a dying breed. Gas usage shouldn't be a discussion, new fuel types should be.
The only people that are buying these cars are eco friendly people to start. I would never buy this vehicle and it would anoy the crap out of me when it tells me if I am going over the speed limit,or if my fot was to heavy.
I am going to drive the way I like and I hear it enough from my wife let alone the car telling me also
In my opinion just one more thing to break or go wrong and I cant fix it without thousands of dollars in computer equipment.
the problem with acceptance of fuel efficient cars by the general public is this:
energy conservation is just not yet a high priority for most of us, as we are still in denial about the consequences of our current, unsustainable lifestyle.
but energy (in any form) is a precious resource, something we are lucky enough to have generous access to (unlike the people of many other nations)
we should think of energy the same way we (should) think of food.
to consume just enough is best, and moderation is key.
the honda insight might have some shortcomings, but it gets 4 people from a to b with minimum waste.
and that's why this is the way of the future.
kudos to honda!
this article was very interesting - Cathy
In a country that is just now looking into the next power grid I guess it is too much to think the auto industry would be thinking outside the box enough to think green across the country not just in the metro areas. If the support for the green machine ends at the city limits in a country as vast as this one it will never reach the numbers it needs to be cost effective, there by becoming just another wanna be money pit!
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Good idea in theory..shame we cant make changes to suit this type of performance ourselves.Sort of Big Brother nanny state technology though.