Honda may build the new Accord PHEV in the United States

Article by Christian A., on October 8, 2012

When the U.S.-produced 2013 Honda Accord makes its debut, it may be available with I-4 and V-6 powertrains. However, the plug-in sedan variant is just one model year away. It’s likely that the 2014 Accord PHEV will be assembled in Japan and in small quantities. According to a new report, the Honda may start production of the advanced four-door in the U.S. as early as calendar-year 2015.

Unfortunately, profits can’t be possible with the current yen-to-dollar exchange rate. This is why Honda will continue to import Japanese-assembled Accord PHEVs to the U.S. This won’t be Honda’s first time to offer an Accord hybrid. An Accord V-6 Hybrid was available from 2004 to 2008 but it was discontinued because the premium-priced car concentrated more on performance than fuel economy.

Honda said that selling a hybrid version of a car beside a regular gas-only model can be more difficult than when offering a hybrid-only vehicle such as the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius since there is no non-hybrid variant of the same car that makes it hard for consumers to justify the additional cost.

In the 2013 Accord First Drive, Honda wrote that the plug-in variant is capable of blended brakes’ handoff between regenerative and friction braking as a stop is approached. Honda said that automakers find it very difficult to accomplish but that it has achieved it.

Honda said that the Accord PHEV is very slow in starting off the line but it can accelerate quite quickly at highway speeds. Several PHEVs that are already in the market or are slated to arrive in dealerships very soon include the Toyota Prius Plug-in, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Fusion Energi. The Volt and C-Max have their final assembly in Michigan while the Prius Plug-in is Japan-made.

The latest 2014 version of Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is set to showcase the new Accord platform’s athleticism and craftsmanship equipped with an extraordinary dose of electric torque and hybrid efficiency.

This new version is set to offer a spatial cabin, premium technology, an over-500-mile calculated total driving, and a range of 10-15 miles in all-electric mode. It is scheduled to begin sales in the early part of 2013.

Among its new features is one of the four new power trains made for the new versions of Accord. In fact, this engine lineup has already become the basis for a conventional Accord Sedan hybrid version set to display in the 2013 summer Honda Accord lineup.

It is also powered by the first two-motor systems of Honda and uses a 137 horsepower, 124 kW electric-motor-producing Earth Dreams TM with a 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. It is also uses a 6.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery with a total system output of 196 horsepower.

Equipped with a unique two-motor hybrid system which allows the user to seamlessly move between gasoline-electric Hybrid Drive, Direct Engine Drive and an all-electric EV Drive, its power train is also specially designed to maximize driving efficiency. It is also expected to get the Enhanced AT-PZEV rating to be given by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its outstanding fuel efficiency, which is expected to surpass 100 MPG-e.

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