The 2014 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has started to arrive in select dealerships in the U.S. Initially, this model will make it to dealerships in New York and California. The Accord PHEV will eventually be offered throughout the country. It’s possible that it will be available across the nation this summer.
According to Honda, the non-plug-in Accord Hybrid, which features basically the same driveline, will be offered all throughout the country in summer 2013. Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system is used in all 2014 Accord PHEVs.
This system is coupled with a 2.0-liter, Atkinson cycle I-4 with a CVT and a pair of electric motors. While one motor works as a generator, the other drives the wheels. Honda hasn’t announced the final power outputs for the driveline yet but its lithium-ion battery pack offers around 13 miles of pure EV driving.
It should be noted that recharging on a 120-volt supply takes 3 hours. Honda’s plug-in Accord has an EPA rating of 115 MPGe combined when running in EV mode. But when it operates as a traditional hybrid, it offers 47/46 mpg (city/highway). In comparison, the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in (which is the nearest rival) can achieve 100 MPGe combined. Ford’s PHEV has an EPA rating of 44/41 mpg when it works as a plug-in hybrid.
The Ford model has 21 miles of EV range, outpacing the Accord PHEV’s 15 miles. Ford’s unit is priced at $39,495 (including destination fees of $795) while the Accord is priced at $40,570 (including destination fees of $790).
Nevertheless, the Accord model features a lengthy list of standard equipment, such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning that are included in an optional Fusion Energi package that costs $1000.
Choosing from two additional driving modes is already possible for owners of the 2014 Honda Accord PHEV. Aside from its full-electric vehicle function, other options are already offered to control the capabilities of the plug-in and adjust the capacity of the Accord car’s battery. During start-up, the Accord PHEV is in its default settings and it acts as a 100% electric vehicle and will remain this way until the battery automatically itself switches to a gas or electric hybrid operation.
Now, if you want more power such as when accelerating or when driving really fast, the gasoline engine will kick in.
The plug-in Accord acts as a conventional hybrid when it is in the HV mode. The motor power from the electric and gasoline sources blends well to maximize the fuel efficiency without affecting the battery charge level. In HV Charge mode, the Accord PHEV combines gasoline and electric power while maintaining the battery charge level.
2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan has an electric servo braking system that shares features with those of the Honda Fit EV. This allows the driver to have an excellent natural brake pedal feel while the range is extended, allowing regenerative braking to take place.
Aside from the Accord PHEV's efficient powertrain, another appealing feature is its quick charging capability.
With the use of a standard 120-volt household electrical outlet, you can have your plug-in Accord fully charged in 2-3 hours from a low charge indication point. Preferably, you can use a 240-volt “Level-2” charger to fully charge your plug-in Accord in less than 1 hour. For an easy monitoring of the charging state of the Accord PHEV, you can use the HondaLink EV smartphone application.