Residents of California and New York state, or any one willing to go to either state, can now purchase the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid, a car that the company says is “the most fuel-efficient sedan in America.”
As of January 15 the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) went on sale at select Honda dealers, with a base price of $39,780.
With an EPA rating of 115 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), the Accord PHEV currently holds the MPGe lead among mid-size sedans, with Ford’s Fusion Energi PHEV rated next highest at 100 MPGe.
In addition to being Honda’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Accord Plug-In is the first production car in the U.S. to meet the new, more stringent LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard, and will also qualify for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California.
The 2014 Accord PHEV is powered by an all-new Honda two-motor hybrid system utilizing a 124-kilowatt (kw) electric motor that also acts like a continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) mated to a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine. A 6.7-kilowatt-hour (kwh) lithium-ion (li-Ion) battery provides power in all-electric mode, and regenerative braking is handled by an all-new electric-servo braking system.
Drivers will have the option to manually select from the default start-up all-electric mode to hybrid mode.
The plug-in Accord can be fully charged from a low-charge indication point in less than three hours using the supplied 120-volt charger when plugged into a standard 120-volt household electrical outlet, and in less than one hour using a 240-volt Level 2 charger.
Honda’s smartphone app, HondaLink EV will allow owners to remotely monitor the charging state of the car.