Honda Develops Breakthrough Emission Control System

6/11/2001 8:50:16 PM

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Catalytic Solutions, Inc. (CSI), of Oxnard, Calif., have developed a breakthrough emission control system that reduces the use of costly precious metals.

The new emission control technology uses metal oxides, allowing for a 50 to 70 percent reduction in the use of precious metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium. To achieve the full benefits of the system, control of the air/fuel ratio is matched to early catalytic activation, which is already a key attribute of Honda's advanced low emission technology.

Honda has been evaluating the performance benefits of the technology with CSI since 1999. The technology was implemented for the first time on a new Honda Stepwgn model introduced in Japan in April. No timetable has been established for the introduction of the technology on vehicles sold outside of Japan.