Honda has released details on its upcoming Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and there is not a lot of surprises over expectations, but still a few.
According to the company, the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by Honda's first two-motor hybrid system, consisting of a 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower, teaming with a 124-kilowatt (kW) electric motor, which is powered by a 6.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, total system output is rated at 196 horsepower.
Selectable "HV" or Hybrid Mode
That size battery most will instantly recognize as being about 50% larger than that of the plug-in Prius (4.2 kWh), so the expected "real world" range will certainly be in the top half of Honda's 10-15 miles estimate for the car. The battery pack is mounting against the back of the rear seats.
Also, a larger battery means a larger federal rebate on the car for purchasers. In the case of the Accord Plug-In, qualifying buyers will receive a $3,750 credit back from the tax man.
The car does also comply with the restrictive AT-PZEV emission standard, which means it qualifies for the same green HOV sticker that the Chevrolet Volt and Prius Plug-In does.
Like the 2013 Volt with its "Hold" button, the Accord has a "HV" button that allows the driver to stay in the standard hybrid mode, thereby saving electric range for when its desired. The car also has a "HV Charge" mode that allows the "Accord PHEV (to) blend gasoline and electric power while also augmenting the battery charge level."
Perhaps in anticipation of the 2013 LEAF's 6.6 kW onboard charger, or just wanting to out pace its Japanese rival at Toyota, the Accord plug-in comes equipped with a 6.6 kW charger of its own. Meaning a full L2 (240v) charge can happen in less than an hour.
While not yet rated by the EPA, Honda estimates it will receive a MPGe rating over 100.
2014 Honda Accord PHEV Interior
Honda says that the car will only come in three color choices,
- White Orchid Pearl
- Crystal Black Pearl
- plus a model-exclusive "Burnished Silver Metallic"
You will notice Honda references this car as a 2014 model, whereas the standard and hybrid models are 2013. That is becuase it will not hit dealerships until early 2013, allowing it to be branded a 2014.
Although not stated, the Accord PHEV's 124 kW electric motor is twice the size of the Prius PHEV, so we assume that not only is the all electric performance better (and full time), but will not be limited to 62 mph; more in line with the Ford C-Max/Fusion Energi.
The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan will be built in Sayama, Japan. And no, pricing has not been released as of yet. Lots of other specs and features can be found from Honda's press release here.
New Accord PHEV Front Grill
Honda Accord PHEV Engine Bay