The 2013 Honda Accord has already started selling and will get two hybrid versions. Honda took the opportunity at the Los Angeles Auto Show to announce the pricing for the 2014 Accord Plug-In. In addition, Honda confirmed that a regular hybrid model will follow next summer. Honda has already confirmed the Plug-In Hybrid awhile back but has revealed that the Accord PHEV will begin to sell in only a few short weeks.
By January 15, buyers in New York and California will be able to get their Accord PHEV, priced from $40,570, including destination costs. A hybrid tax credit has yet to be confirmed. For this price, consumers get an Accord with a design that’s slight different for improved aerodynamics.
All of the Accord Touring creature comforts and features (such as forward collision and lane departure warnings, as well as a rear-facing LaneWatch camera) can offer up to 115 MPGe, the EPA said. The Accord PHEV has an electric-vehicle-only range of 13 miles.
At this point, the gasoline engine would kick in. It has an overall fuel economy of 47 mpg city, 46 mpg highway, 46 mpg combined.
The range is slightly shorter than extended-range electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt but the outcome is that drivers could recharge their Accord plug-ins in shorter than one hour with a 240-volt charger or three hours with the use of a 120-volt outlet. Furthermore, the Accord PHEV is eligible for California’s vaunted “Access OK” carpool-lane-exemption stickers, which permits single commuters to utilize HOV lanes.
There will be a less expensive hybrid available if the Plug-In costs too much. The 2013 Honda Accord Hybrid will appear more like the Honda Accords with traditional gas engines but it offers 49 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, 47 mpg combined due to its next-generation, two-motor Hybrid system that should offer a performance and economy that’s better than the current Integrated Motor Assist unit. These figures are nearly totally in line with those of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which claims 47 mpg in the city, on the highway, and in combined driving.
Honda’s new Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan provides the craftsmanship and athleticism of Accord’s all-new platform. It is charged with a striking dose of electric torque and hybrid efficiency. The new hybrid sedan, which will be available starting early 2013, offers premium technology, the ability to run for 10-15 miles in all-electric mode, over 500 miles of total driving range, and exceptional cabin space.
2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan showcases one of four new and efficient Accord powertrains as well as serves as basis for a conventional Accord sedan hybrid version, which will join the Accord lineup in summer 2013.
Moreover, Honda's first 2-motor hybrid system powers the new hybrid sedan. The sedan also utilizes a new Earth DreamsTM 2.0L i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, which generates 137 hp, as well as a powerful 124-kW electric motor. Meanwhile, electric driving is powered by a 6.7-kWh lithium-ion battery, which delivers a 196-hp total system output.
In order to maximize its driving efficiency, the hybrid sedan’s uniquely designed 2-motor hybrid system enables the PHEV powertrain to smoothly shift between gasoline-electric Hybrid Drive, all-electric EV Drive, and direct Engine Drive. The new Accord Plug-in Hybrid is also expected to deliver fuel efficiency that exceeds 100 MPG-e and to get California Air Resources Board’s Enhanced AT-PZEV rating.