First look at the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Honda is set to enter the plug-in hybrid arena with the forthcoming 2014 Honda Accord PHEV. The automaker previously offered an Accord Hybrid, but the venture lasted a mere three years. Now, Honda will once again try its hand at the Hybrid market with all-new redesigned hybrid platform. Like the Ford Fusion Energi and Fusion Hybrid before it, Honda plans on releasing an Accord Plug-in Hybrid and Accord Hybrid.
Set to hit dealerships in early 2013, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) will have the capability of running in all-electric mode for 10 to 15 miles and a calculated total driving range of more than 500 miles. Although EPA estimates have not been disclosed, Honda expects the Accord plug-in Hybrid to best 100 MPGe, a figure comparable to the Fusion Energi.
The Accord Plug-in Hybrid boasts one of Honda’s four new efficient powertrains available on the all-new Accord models. It will be powered by the automaker’s first two-motor hybrid system, and utilizes the innovative Earth DreamsTM 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine system, which produced 137 horsepower. The vehicle’s electronic driving is maintained by a 6.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium ion battery, capable of 196 horsepower. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid will serve as the foundation for the conventional hybrid Accord, due out in the summer of 2013.