Honda’s New Revolutionary Electric Motor
This Honda Electric Motor Is Truly Revolutionary
Updated August 13, 2018
Honda has unveiled a new and exciting electric motor that functions without the use of expensive and heavy rare earth metals. Technologically, it’s an incredible feat, however you might be thinking: “What does this mean for me?” Judging from the feedback we receive from our electric motorcycle related posts, we know that while the acceleration and instant power delivery is exciting, the negatives points outweigh the positive. Range and battery life is something that will no doubt eventually sort itself out, the ride experience is improving, but the biggest problem is this: price. The majority of our readership seem resistant to the idea of electric vehicles because of their incredible price points. If Honda can produce a motor without the use of the relatively expensive rare earth metals, then hopefully the prices of electric vehicles might come down a dollar or two. Maybe…
The Revolutionary Honda Electric Motor
Honda, working with Daido Steel, have managed this pretty incredible feat by inventing a magnet that works without the use of elements like dysprosium or terbium. To get around this problem, they’ve developed a new magnet out of neodymium-ion, through a process called hot deformation, manufactured with a fine crystal grain structure that’s capable of withstanding high temperatures without the usual rare earth additives.
Honda said about the magnet: “…a deformed neodymium magnet that contains absolutely no heavy rare earth but is usable for the drive motor of a hybrid vehicle, demonstrating torque, output and heat resistance performance equivalent to those of a motor that uses the conventional type of magnet.”
Technically, neodymium is still a rare earth metal, but it’s far more widely available than the rest of them – which is great news. At the moment, countries like China have almost monopolized the market, and some people have accused China of purposefully limiting the supply of these metals to keep the demand (and prices) high. So, now that that issue can be circumvented, maybe EV prices can start to become more economical.
The new Honda electric motor will be introduced later on this year in a small minivan, for Asian soil only, but as they continue to improve their technology, it won’t be long until this revolutionary motor will be capable of working with heavy duty hybrid cars, and all electric motorcycles. It’s a step forward – but did we expect anything less from Honda?