Plug-In Hybrid Part Of New Honda Accord Line

Honda has opted to bring back to the lineup a hybrid version of its popular Accord sedan as it launches the 10th generation.

Set to go on sale in early 2013, the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan will offer, according to Honda, premium technology, exceptional cabin space, the ability to run in an all-electric mode for 10 to 15 miles and a calculated total driving range over 500 miles.

The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan features one of four new powertrains for the all-new Accord. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid will also serve as the basis for a conventional hybrid version of the Accord Sedan, which will join the Honda Accord lineup in the summer of 2013.

The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system, and uses a new Earth Dreams 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower, teamed with a 124-kilowatt (kw) electric motor.

Electric driving is supported by a 6.7 kilowatt-hour (kwh) lithium-ion (li-ion) battery, and total system output is 196 horsepower. The battery pack is mounted above the rear suspension, which helps maintain interior and trunk space and provides protection for the battery pack in a collision.

The two-motor hybrid system allows the Accord PHEV powertrain to move seamlessly between all-electric EV Drive, gasoline-electric Hybrid Drive; and direct Engine Drive. Honda expects fuel efficiency for the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid to exceed 100 MPG-e, and is also expecting the new sedan will receive an Enhanced AT-PZEV rating from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Drivers of the 2014 Accord PHEV will be able to choose two additional driving modes to manage battery capacity and tailor the capabilities of the plug-in Accord to their own commute.

In its default upon start-up, the Accord PHEV acts as a pure electric vehicle and will continue on in full-electric mode until battery capacity necessitates the automatic switch to gas/electric hybrid operation. At higher speeds or under high demand for acceleration, the gasoline engine can kick in to provide additional power.

In “HV” mode, the plug-in Accord acts as a conventional hybrid, blending motor power between gasoline and electric to maximize fuel efficiency while maintaining the battery charge level. In “HV Charge” mode, the Accord PHEV blends gasoline and electric power while also augmenting the battery charge level.


The 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan will feature an electric servo braking system, similar to the setup on the Honda Fit EV, which contribute to extend the range over which the regenerative braking can take place.

Honda says the plug-in Accord can be fully charged from a low-charge indication point in less than three hours using a standard 120-volt household electrical outlet, and in less than one hour using a 240-volt “Level-2″ charger. The free HondaLink EV smartphone application will allow owners to easily monitor the charging state of the Accord PHEV.

The Accord PHEV chassis begins with the core engineering of the Accord Sedan, but then adds an all-aluminum front subframe (replacing the steel and aluminum version on the gasoline-engine Accord). The Accord PHEV uses proprietary 17-inch forged-aluminum wheels with a special low-aero drag design, fitted with 225/50-17 tires.

The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan will be built in Sayama, Japan.

  • Anonymous

    It’s ugly

  • Van

    They can see the slow sales of the Prius Plug-in, and hear the clamoring for greater EV range, and yet rather than bring out something with the range of the Fusion, i.e. 20 miles plus, they offer 10-15? Give me a break.

    But at least it is a start.

  • Andrew L.

    Yeah, I don’t much care for the current Accord styling, and yet I find this one even less visually appealing.

  • Las Paled

    Color me biased but anything less than 30 miles seems not such a great idea. I drive my Volt 1000 miles a month and 800 of those mile are All-Electric while the other 200 are gasoline assisted (Volts engine generally doesn’t assist the drive train it primarily just recharges the batteries as I drive). My MPG is about 180 and my electric costs to recharge are about $35 per month.

    Driving the Honda I would be almost the exact opposite with only 200 Miles Electric and 800 miles gasoline. Supposing the gas engine can get 40MPG the net MPG would be 50 and the cost to recharge at .109 cents per KWH (my local rate) would be $22 per month.

    So it appears that the cost to recharge the vehicle would be about equivilent to buying the additional 5 gallons of gasoline to power the vehicle at 40MPG. Huh??

    Unless you drive less than 500 miles per month there is no real value in going all electric for 10-15 miles per charge the exception being if there is a charge station at every end point you park. I find this is not the case and do almost 100% of my charging at home.

  • Van

    Here is a more modest calculation. I drive about 10,000 miles per year. Almost all my drives are short jaunts less than 15 miles. However once a week I drive about 55 miles one way and then return in the afternoon.

    So I rack up about 100 miles a week on short driving and 100 a week of longer range driving. Over a year that would mean I could rack up 5000 miles in EV mode and 5000 in charge sustaining mode. Now if I was driving a Fusion Energy, and getting 3.5 miles per Kwh, then I would rack up about $215 dollars on electric billing and reduce by gas billing by about $415 per year. Not to mention my contribution to local air pollution would drop by more than 50%. So my tota annual l bill, $630 would be would compare favorably to someone who now drives 10,000 at an average of 23 MPG. That bill would be $1630 or $1000 per year saving by buying a Fusion Plug-in.

  • Max Reid

    Why are they building in Japan when most of the Accords are sold here. Ideally they should also introduce plugin in a smaller vehicle like Fit at an affordable value.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Van wrote: “I drive about 10,000 miles per year. Almost all my drives are short jaunts less than 15 miles. However once a week I drive about 55 miles one way and then return in the afternoon.”

    If you drive a Volt instead, you will have 60 miles in range extended mode and 140 EV miles per week.

    I am NOT sure that Fusion Energi will have the “true EV mode” like the Volt with 20 miles of “full” electric… We shall see…

  • YegorT

    I am amazed by consistent Honda management shortsightedness!
    They cannot make a good mass market hybrid for 12 years!

    Honda Accord is a sedan with battery pack that is mounted vertically in the trunk against the rear seat back. Again trunk-salon access is blocked! By this Honda cuts its Plug-in potential sales in half !!!

    Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan August sales are 3,840 but they are almost doubled by addition of a wagon in same vehicle size class: Prius V: 3,325.
    Ford gets it too: Ford introduces Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in sedan but at the same time Ford introduces a wagon/hatchback in the same class: Ford C-MAX Enregi Plug-in.

    Should we wait another 12 years until Honda gets it?
    They can be out of business by that time. It is a pity – they make great ICE cars :(

  • Nelson Lu

    The article is mostly about C-Max Energi, but it confirms that the Fusion Energi will also have a 20+ mile EV range.

  • Bob Ridell

    Yikes, that car took a beating from the ugly stick! Did Home Simpson design this beast?

  • Frankdebate

    The bread-and-butter green car in the Accord line will be the “full” hybrid, which will be the one competing with the Camry and Fusion hybrids–which is why they’re spending more time on it and releasing it next summer.
    Like Toyota’s Prius Plug-in, the Accord PHEV is meant to be a niche car–Honda doesn’t want it to steal away sales from their full hybrids, but merely boost the green cred of the Accord brand. As they learn to balance efficiency and performance using electric powertrains, they will probably increase electric-only range in the future. The durability of lithium tech isn’t proven (unlike the NiMH battery packs used in Prius, which is among the most reliable vehicles, green or conventional), so it would not be a good idea to sully the Accord name with a system that is dependent mostly on lithium-sourced electric power.

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