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2020 Honda Jazz e:HEV – Not Your Typical Hybrid And All The Better For It
No, you can’t plug it in, but it’s not one of those hybrids that struggles to justify its existence, as I will try to explain.
We will begin this article with an obligatory disclaimer: this car, the 2020 Honda Jazz E:HEV, is not a plug-in hybrid or an EV, our usual fare, yet it’s interesting (and good) enough to justify writing about it. It really is a very unusual hybrid that in some ways is similar to the mighty Koenigsegg Regera, while in others it’s a lot like a range extender EV.
Interested? Well, stick around and read on to learn more about this vehicle. But first, a little backstory. So this is the fourth generation of the Honda Jazz, which in the United States is sold under the Fit nameplate. However, this all-new model will no longer be sold in the States and in Europe where I live, it’s only available in this unusual e:HEV hybrid configuration.
What makes the E:HEV special? Well, it’s the first in this new series of non-plug-in hybrids from Honda, and it has some peculiarities. Firstly, while it may have a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline burning four-cylinder under the hood, the engine isn’t actually used to drive the wheels most of the time.
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