Honda’s 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Makes Debut

Honda has unveiled its 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, which will be able to run in all-electric, hybrid or all-gasoline modes, and deliver an estimated total range greater than 500 miles. The vehicle is scheduled to go on sale in the North American market early next year.

The anticipated fuel economy ratings are expected to exceed 100 mpg-e in full-electric mode with a 10- to 15-mile EV driving range. Honda says the vehicle, when in gasoline-only mode, will have ‘one of the top EPA fuel economy ratings among mid-size sedans,’ as well as an ‘Enhanced AT-PZEV’ rating from the California Air Resources Board.

The Accord plug-in will feature Honda's first two-motor hybrid system, the company notes. It will use a new Earth Dreams 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine (137 horsepower) coupled with a 124 kW electric motor that is backed by a 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Honda adds that the vehicle can be fully charged from a low-charge state in less than three hours using a standard 120 V outlet, and in less than one hour using a 240 V Level-2 charger.

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