The biggest problem with 2 strokes is that they are a lot harder to make run cleanly. You're always burning oil, which isn't the cleanest burning. Plus, now you would have to buy oil every time you bought gas, increasing hassle and cost.I'd expect capability to be improved, as there should be better power/torque odd-idle with an electric hybrid.
Joe had said something about Honda really wanting a hybrid drive in the Ridgeline by 2019.
As far as what engine is mated to the electric motor, I'd prefer to see a two-stroke in lieu of a diesel. It can be much smaller/lighter than a diesel, yet still have optimum power output in a narrow powerband that would work well with electric. Honda has been doing some work on two-strokes recently.
Ideally, the hybrid powertrain would offer generator capabilities in and out of the truck. That would be great at the campsite, works items or at home when the power goes out.
I think they're working on two-stroke engines with direct injection, wet sump and supercharged intake, with lube systems similar to four-stroke engine design. I'll have to see if I can dig up that Honda patent...The biggest problem with 2 strokes is that they are a lot harder to make run cleanly. You're always burning oil, which isn't the cleanest burning. Plus, now you would have to buy oil every time you bought gas, increasing hassle and cost.
I would love a hybrid Ridgeline. As long as they don't get stupid and decrease the size of the gas tank or anything.
Fuel cells are still at least 10 years from being practical. Fuel cells are far more expensive to make, and hydrogen is significantly more expensive than an equivalent amount of gas. Not to mention more complicated to refuel. And good luck finding a fueling station.I think the next big change in the RL powertrain is the Honda "designed and manufactured" 10-speed auto transmission. It is available now in the new 2018 Odyssey. Maybe the RL can get to 30mpg highway with that trans? Ford is aiming for 30mpg with their 10 speed and V6 diesel in the F150.
A fuel cell powered RL with 4 electric traction motors would be cool, and would eliminate the increasingly complicated and unreliable internal combustion engine. Honda already has some FC powered Clarity vehicles in the USA.
It's all about a Frunk! The Tesla will be pretty neat. I'm secretly hoping my lifetime sees an affordable 4 independent electric motor solution but I'm pretty sure it won't.It will be interesting to see, when I am ready to replace my current 2017 RL in 10 years or so, whether my next truck will be another Honda Ridgeline or a Tesla Truck.