The 37th Tokyo Motor Show 2003   October.22.2003
Environmental Technologies
Ecology conscious technology: e-TECH
Honda is deeply aware of environmental concerns, and applies original e-TECH technology in all its manufacturing processes and in all other company activities. We create cars that are a pleasure to drive, all the while remaining focused on our commitment to the environment. Applying creativity and innovation, Honda will continue offering products that all can enjoy and technological solutions to the world's environmental problems.
Improving the recycling ratio
Honda's comprehensive recycling policy covers the entire product life cycle, from design and manufacture to product use and disposal. To promote parts recycling, we also market Honda Recycled Parts. RECYCLE
Environmental action in the factory
Thanks to our program of creating 'Green Factories,' Honda has received ISO14001 certification at all production facilities in Japan and principal manufacturing operations overseas.

Reducing the environmental impact of the power plant
In the long life cycle of an engine, from manufacturing to disposal, it is most critical to reduce the relatively heavy toll exacted on the environment during its years on the road. Honda sets its own high standards for cleaner emissions, improved fuel economy and other environmental targets, advancing power plant technology toward a brighter future for society and the environment.
Honda's New-generation Engines
Improving both environmental friendliness and driving pleasure, Honda is taking engine technology yet another step forward with the i-DSI and i-VTEC engines. The i-DSI features dual sequential ignition, and the i-VTEC combines advanced VTEC(Variable Valve Timing and Lift, Electronic Control) and VTC (Variable Timing Control) technologies with Variable Cylinder Management. Honda continues to apply original technologies in the development of better, cleaner engines.
Honda IMA System
The Honda IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) system, an original hybrid that uses a gasoline engine as its main power source, assisted by an electric motor, was first implemented in 1999 in the Insight. The latest IMA system, featuring enhanced power and efficiency, was launched in 2001 in the Civic Hybrid. By outfitting an increasing number of popular models with the advanced IMA power plant, Honda seeks to make cars as 'green' as the forest, significantly contributing to environmental preservation. HONDA IMA INTEGRATED MOTAR ASSIST
The FCX Fuel Cell Vehicle: powered by the ultimate clean power plant
Honda's fuel-cell vehicle, which uses clean-burning hydrogen as its energy source. Honda's FCX is equipped with an electric motor drive system powered by a high-pressure, pure-hydrogen fuel cell system and uses Honda's own ultra-capacitor as a supplementary power source. By reducing the size and weight of the fuel cell system, Honda developed a new platform for this high-performance, crashworthy clean machine. In July 2002, Honda became the world's first automaker to receive EPA*1 and CARB*2 authorization to begin sales of the FCX in the US. In November 2002, we received FCX approval from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and in December, 2002 began leasing the FCX in Japan and the US. In July 2003, Honda became the world's first automaker to supply a fuel cell vehicle to a private corporation. Facing future challenges with determination, we are working to develop our own fuel cell stack, reduce power plant size and boost performance. And in October 2003, we announced the new Honda FC Stack, a remarkably compact, next-generation fuel cell stack that operates at low temperatures. Honda will continue to move fuel cell vehicles closer to full commercial production, working in particular to make components smaller while improving their performance.
*1 Environmental Protection Agency
*2 California Air Resources Board


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