Honda hybrid motors ditch rare earth metals to boost sustainability

Honda NSX

Hot deformed neodymium magnets will be used on new motors in Honda hybrid models, starting with the Asia-only Freed MPV

Honda has produced an electric motor for its hybrid cars without the use of heavy rare earth metals in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of production and make its hybrid technology more sustainable.

Currently, the powerful neodymium magnets used in the electric motors of hybrids such as the NSX (pictured above) require the addition of rare earth metals to make them resistant to heat. However, these metals are finite in supply and so difficult to source that their …read more

Source:: Autocar