Honda develops an extensive line of power products and is constantly working to improve their environmental performance to raise the quality of life for everyone.
In January 2014, we unveiled in the U.S. the EU7000is, Honda's first inverter generator to incorporate fuel injection (FI) technology.
Compared to the model it replaces, the EU7000is runs longer thanks to a 20% improvement in fuel efficiency, while also delivering 8% higher power output. The use of fuel injection eliminates the need for a choke valve, dramatically improving operation at start-up and also enhancing the generator's long-term storability. The adoption of FI and a three-way catalytic converter also results in exhaust emissions that meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Phase 3 standards, the most stringent emission standards for small gasoline equipment in the world.
From a portability, quietness, and size standpoint, the EU7000is has all the right qualities to make it suitable for use across a range of scenarios and settings, including for backup power in emergencies, at construction sites, and for camping.
For Europe and other markets outside Japan, we released the BF100 (100 horsepower) and BF80 (80 horsepower), mediumsized four-stroke outboard engines combining high fuel efficiency with advanced power performance.
These new models build on the BF90 and BF75 (90 and 75 horsepower) 1.5-liter straight four-cylinder engines by offering higher efficiency and power output in the same lightweight, compact design. Incorporating programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI)1 with an O2 sensor has enabled lean burn control during cruising,2 resulting in a higher fuel efficiency.
The two engines are also compliant with emission regulations in various countries, including the latest U.S. EPA regulations (EPA's fiscal 2010) and California Air Resources Board exhaust emission regulations.
They are also compliant with NMEA 2000, the communications standard for marine electronics set by the U.S. National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), enabling networking with a variety of marine electronic devices. This means that, in addition to providing electronic output on engine speed, running time, and other real-time performance data, these models also deliver an Eco lamp signal which, when connected to a compatible display gauge, will illuminate a lamp to indicate lean burning and notify the driver of fuel-efficient engine operation.
All Honda outboard engine models with 40 or more horsepower and PGM-FI incorporate lean burn control technology that combines with Eco lamp display capability to facilitate fuelefficient driving.
Since releasing our first four-stroke outboard engine, the GB30, in 1964, we have consistently developed four-stoke outboard engines in the spirit of founder Soichiro Honda's philosophy that nothing that runs on water should contribute to its pollution. Fifty years later, we're introducing cutting-edge technology as the pioneer of the four-stroke outboard engine.
1. PGM-FI is a registered trademark of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
2. Cruising speed range when the throttle is kept open at around 50 to 80%.