Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Headed to Canada for Market Viability Testing

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Has MPGe Bragging Rights

2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Has MPGe Bragging Rights

It seems Honda is trying to slowly expand the reach of its plug-in vehicle.

If you recall, Honda previously announced that sales of the Fit EV will soon commence on the US’ East Coast.  Now, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan is headed north.  Way north.

The base MSRP of the Accord PHEV is $39,780.

The base MSRP of the Accord PHEV is $39,780.

Starting in Spring of 2013, the Accord PHEV will enter the Canadian market for “viability testing.”  Honda does not provide any additional information on what’s exactly meant by this, but we assume Honda will do some sort of limited Canadian release of the Accord PHEV to gauge consumer reaction.

Now it’s time for a recap of the specs:

The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system and uses Honda’s new Earth Dreams 2.0 litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower, teamed with a powerful 124-kilowatt electric motor. Electric driving is supported by a 6.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and total system output is 196 horsepower.

Electric-only range is listed at up to 13 miles, its MPGe rating is 115 combined, fuel economy ratings are listed at 49/45/47 city/hwy/combined and its price tag in the US is $39,780.

The 2014 Accord PHEV launched in the US in January 2013.  Sales in its first month on the market were only 2 units.

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4 responses to "Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Headed to Canada for Market Viability Testing"

  1. Bloggin says:

    Interesting move.

    Honda only sold 9,930 Accords in Canada for 2012. Compared with Fusion at 16,698.

    Plug-in hybrid consumers are future 300 EV mile consumers, looking for as much EV range as possible, while enjoying the fun of seeing how long they can go without using gasoline. But with a back up engine to longer trips.

    So offering a plug-in hybrid with only 13EV miles that costs more than the new 2013 Fusion Energi offering 21EV miles(and leasing at only $325 or $355) may not work out too well for Honda.

    The 38 EV mile Chevy Volt dominating the 6 EV mile Prius Plug-in tells the story. Or the 6 EV mile Prius plug-in dropping from a 1,700 month average, to 800 with the limited introduction of the C-Max Energi offering 21 EV miles.

  2. kdawg says:

    “Electric-only range is listed at up to 13 miles”… (yawn)

  3. shawn marshall says:

    The price, of course, is too high. They don’t care about that at this point. It’s the mileages that draw interest. If they are not boloMPGe (boloMPGe – a poor cousin to bologna – as in a manufacturer bologs an MPG exaggerated) then the PI Accord could get to be a player. It’s obvious they want to proceed with caution. Nothing Titanic here.

  4. Herm says:

    Those are Canadian prices, how much would they be in the US?