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If Honda decides to add a hybrid powertrain option to the RL, would that increase it's towing ability?

From what I know about the current hybrid vehicles being offered by different manufacturers, the electric motors bump put the torque output significantly. However, I've heard doubts on other forums about towing w/ a hybrid powertrain, yet they did not make their reasons clear. Can anyone shed some light on this topic please?
 

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Think of it this way, can a locomotive pull rail cars. That is the thought behind the hibred car. Instead of diesel electric it is gas electric.
 

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Tow capacity is not always limited by power production.
Chassis strength, suspension, and brakes have a lot to do with towing capacity.
 

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Very unlikely that it would increase towing capacity. The additional weight of the battery systems would probably offset any other gains.
 

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emgun said:
Think of it this way, can a locomotive pull rail cars. That is the thought behind the hibred car. Instead of diesel electric it is gas electric.
Sort of anyway. A diesel / electric locomotive is a series hybrid design. The diesel engines do nothing but generate electricity for the traction motors. The diesel engines don't actually move the locomotive in any way.

Current hybrid cars are parallel hybrid designs. The gasoline engine can physically deliver power to the transmission in addition to generating electricity to charge the batteries. The electric motors can supplement the gasoline engine in providing power to the transmission.
 

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I would not be suprised to see the Ridgeline offered in a Hybrid model. Think about it, Chevy already has the Silverado hybrid, Honda already has the technology for the V6, the Ridgeline could use a boost in torque, as well as a boost in fuel economy, so really, it's a no-brainer. The only question is, where would they mount the battery pack? Is there room under the front of the bed or anywhere else under the vechicle? It wouldn't be beneficial for Honda to put the battery pack inside the vehicle as it would most likely eliminate the storage under the back seats.
 

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A hybrid would likely not improve the towing rating. The batteries and motor(s) are generally good for pushoff plus somewhat more. Pulling a load for any substantial length of time will end up being a gas motor and drivetrain task.

Considering the weight added by electric motor/generator and batteries, it would probobly haul less without other enhancements.

Continuous driveline output is the typical rating limiter. Trannies or possibly motors overheat and exceed their "long life" operating envelope. That is why you find tranny cooling circuits and beefy (more inefficient) components on vehicles intended to tow big time. Its like pulling stumps all day long when you drag a big/heavy trailer. The heat dissipation (a frictional portion of the throughput power) requirement gets huge.
 
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