Unless you visit a select dealer in California or New York, you are not likely to see the new Accord Plug-in Hybrid on a local U.S. showroom floor.
Honda is taking a limited-market approach to introducing the vehicle ostensibly positioned against cars like the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids, and even Chevy Volt.
It was launched Jan. 15. 2013, and as of April 2013 had sold 100 units, with 55 sales being in April. It is available to those in other states willing to purchase the vehicle in California or New York and transport it back home. Honda says the car will be available for “the next couple of years” and the goal is to sell just 1,100 of the plug-in Accords in those states.
It is also being assessed for market viability in Canada.
A promotional video produced by Honda.
Honda says it does not have further plans to announce, and the company is looking forward to selling many more units of its non-plug-in hybrid Accord this fall that is based on the same car albeit with smaller battery pack.
Honda’s first production plug-in vehicle earned 115 miles per gallon equivalent EPA rating for its (limited) 13 miles of estimated all-electric range. This is equal to the combined MPG of the range-topping 2013 Nissan Leaf fully electric car, and beats all other plug-in hybrids, some of which go farther in all-electric mode.
Gasoline fuel economy for the Accord plug-in is also impressive at 47 mpg city, 46 highway, 46 combined.
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 Earth Dreams technology” two-motor hybrid system. It utilizes 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.
The car 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 (a dedicated GFCI outlet is recommended). Charge time is less than one hour using a 240-volt “Level-2” charger.
Otherwise All Accord
Apart from the unique powertrain, the Accord plug-in has been engineered to be like other Accords with regards to driving characteristics and creature comforts.
The car is based on the Touring trim level of the standard Accord Sedan but is distinguished with unique styling cues, and is available in three exterior colors, including two standard Accord shades (White Orchid Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl) plus a model-exclusive Burnished Silver Metallic.
Its MSRP is $39,780 excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. A monthly lease price of $429 is also offered for 36 months with $2,499.00 due at time of signing. Honda notes this lease deal “Includes down payments with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, titles and dealer fees.”
For more information on the Accord Plug-in Hybrid you can consult Honda’s Web site.