Honda has flipped the switch to get the lines rolling at its Greensburg facility in the state of Indiana. They now churn out the Insight serially and the hybrid car is the fifth electrified model by the Japanese company and will be available in early summer.
Honda had debuted the Insight at the NAIAS in New York earlier this year reportedly. It follows their Clarity family (Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid) and the Accord Hybrid so that it is electrified car no. 5 for Honda.
The hybrid system of the Insight couples a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack for 111 kW. Similar to Nissan and their Note, Honda too claims that their hybrid can operate “solely under electric power in most situations” so that the engine serves as a generator charging the battery.
As part of their electrification strategy, Honda has invested 32.5 million dollars to support production of the new Insight and three North American plants contribute the powertrain. Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America (HTM), in Russells Point, Ohio, has invested $29 million for production of the Insight’s twin electric motor unit. The Insight’s hybrid battery pack is assembled at the company’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant, where Honda also produces the 2019 Accord Hybrid. The Insight’s gasoline engine is produced at the company’s Anna, Ohio engine plant.1
Honda plans for two thirds of its global sales to be generated from electrified models by 2030.