Honda creates a hybrid car engine free of the rarest heavy metals on the planet

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Hybrid and electric vehicles, sooner or later, they have to conquer the streets and highways the world to help mitigate global warming by reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. It is one of the factors to take into account to help with those objectives that were taken at COP21 in Paris, although many countries almost pass Olympic.

Honda Motor Co has co-developed the first hybrid car engine without using rare heavy metals in it, which means that it will reduce your dependence on the very expensive materials that are mainly supplied by China.

Hybrid vehicles that they combine a gasoline engine and an electric one have become increasingly popular in many of the developing countries, especially in transportBut finding a common source of rare elements, such as dysprosium or terbium, has become quite a challenge.

In 2010 China imposed a temporary ban in rare mineral exports to Japan, because the two nations entered into a dispute over certain territories. Honda, the planet's third-largest carmaker, said on Tuesday last week that its new engines used magnets developed by Daido Steel Co that contain neither dysprosium nor terbium.

This has reduced the cost of producing magnets, a key component in motors, by about 10 percent while reducing their weight by 8 percent. The new engines will be used in the upcoming Free minivan, which is sold in Japan and other Asian markets, and will be unveiled in the fall.

Honda began looking for a way to reduce the use of rare heavy metals It's been 10 years now, but a price hike in 2011 forced them to team up with Daido. This technology will reduce costs and lower the manufacturer's exposure to price fluctuations. However, the motor still uses a rare light metal called neodymium, which can be found in North America, Australia, and China.


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