American Honda Motor Co. Inc. says it will be first to the U.S. market with a gasoline/electric hybrid vehicle, when its new '00 model Insight bows in December. Like General Motors Corp.'s electric EV1, the Insight is a 2-seater. Honda estimates it will average more than 70 mpg from its 1L 3-cyl. lean-burn engine and 144-volt nickel metal-hydride battery powered electric motor. The aluminum gasoline engine uses lean-burn technology coupled to new lean burn-compatible NOx (oxides of ...
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