The continually developing industry causes a continuous increase in the consumption of raw materials that will sooner or later end. The rare earth metals are consumed most of the time, using a myriad of devices, including hybrid and electric car engines. Honda wants to save them, so it has created a new engine that does not consume so much.
Electric or hybrid cars do not have as little impact on the planet as we would think. The problem of used batteries, which I do not quite know what to do is one thing, but another one is the large consumption of rare earths that are used to build engines.
One company that seeks to limit their use is Honda, which announced it a decade ago and is now implementing this plan. The company has just unveiled a completely new hybrid engine developed jointly with Daido Steel engineers, whose construction has no rare earth metals such as terbium or dysprosium. Instead, the Daido Steel Magnets are used, which are 8% lighter than the current components, as well as 10% cheaper.
Honda has developed the first hybrid engine, where almost all the precious metals and rare metals that are China’s largest supplier are almost completely eliminated. However, it was not possible to do so entirely, as the neodymium magnets produced in the USA, China and Australia were still in the engine. The new unit will debut in the Freed minivan, which will be on sale this fall.