Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Reportedly Sighted

Recently in Southern California, the folks at Automotive.com managed to snap some pictures of a prototype Accord bearing similar styling cues to the concept seen above.

The car in question is believed to be the upcoming plug-in hybrid model, one of two zero emission vehicles the company is introducing – the other being the Fit Electric Vehicle) – in order to help it meet tough California Air Resources Board quotas, which call for a total of 60,000 ZEVs on the road in 12 states by 2014.

Although the car in the photos was heavily camouflaged, a filler door on the driver’s side fender would indicate a provision for a plug in electrical port.

The upcoming Accord hybrid will sport a 6-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack; that provides juice to a single electric motor, which drives the front wheels. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine provides power once the battery is depleted and powers the car at speeds over 40 miles per hour.

Honda hasn’t offered an Accord Hybrid since 2008 (the last one was canned due to tepid demand), though it’s likely this time around, with hybrids and EVs enjoying greater exposure in the marketplace, the new plug-in version will likely generate better consumer response.

The 2013 Accord (in conventional gasoline engine form with 2.4-liter four and 3.5-liter V6 motors); is slated to be introduced this fall, though the hybrid version probably won’t show up until sometime next year.

Automotive.com


  • Stan Smart

    So sad Honda didn’t introduce these cars sooner! I just traded in my 7-year-old Honda Accord hybrid for a Lincoln MKZ hybrid. Loved the trouble free Honda. Wished for another … but alas, no hybrid.

    The Ford/ Lincoln gets great mileage, but the “fit and finish” of the MKZ interior leaves a lot to be desired!

  • Volume Van

    Stan :

    Lincoln MKZ has the best Hybrid system of Ford which did beat the Camry Hybrid with the Fusion Hybrid

    If Honda is going to introduce a plugin version in a coupe, it will surely flop. The smaller plugins like Volt / Prius has lot of interior space because of the Hatch design. Sedan’s dont offer this much space and Coupe are even less functional with just 2 doors. Many of Honda’s hybrids like Civic-H, Accord, Insight, CR-Z has flopped and they are planning to sell this 1 also to flop. So sad they are wasting their R&D money.

  • MrEnergyCzar

    No one can get to work just on battery then unless you don’t break 40 miles per hour… The Plug-in Prius is bad enough with the engine coming on at highway speeds but the Accord engine coming on at 40 mph is ridiculous…

    MrEnergyCzar

  • MrEnergyCzar

    No one can get to work just on battery then unless you don’t break 40 miles per hour… The Plug-in Prius is bad enough with the engine coming on at highway speeds but the Accord engine coming on at 40 mph is ridiculous…

    MrEnergyCzar

  • The anonymous

    1) The car in the spy pic is a sedan, not a coupe. LOL.

    2) Hwy speed drains electric jiuce quickly => ICE steps in and takes over; high electricity draw can also hurt the longivity of the batt.

    3) Honda has said the PHEV would go on sale before the end of 2012.