2014 Accord Plug-in Specs
First unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show, the Honda Accord Plug-in is the first plug-in hybrid offered by the automaker.
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid has received the highest EPA rating in its class – rated at 115MPGe and 46 MPG city/47 MPG highway/47 MPG combined. The 6.7 kWh battery pack allows the Accord Plug-in to travel up to 13 miles (EPA rated) with pure electric power.
It is also the first production car in America to meet the new LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard. The Accord Plug-in will also qualify for single occupant access to California carpool lanes.
With a 124kW electric motor mated to Honda’s new Earth Dreams i-VTEC 2.0 liter Atkinson Cycle engine, the Accord Plug-in can produce a total of 196hp (146kW).
The 2014 Accord Plug-in has 3 driving modes:
- EV Drive. The only energy moving the car comes mostly from the battery. The engine will not kick in under normal city driving until the pack is depleted. When the driver requests “higher speeds or under high demand for acceleration,” the gasoline engine will turn on “to provide additional power.” This drive operation automatically comes on during deceleration. The official top speed in EV Drive is around 80 miles per hour and an electric A/C compressor and water heater allow the car to stay in EV mode longer.
- Hybrid Drive: The battery is still used, when there’s power, but mostly, Hybrid Drive only gets the engine running in order to send electricity straight to the 124-kW electric traction motor. The engine does not turn the wheels directly.
- Engine Drive: This is when the gasoline engine provides direct drive of the wheels.
To differentiate the exterior of the plug-in model, the Accord PHEV gets a unique front end with blue accents in the headlights, a model-specific grille and lower fascia. The back end has a different rear bumper cap for improved aero. Special badges and shuriken shapes in the wheels are also exclusive to the plug-in hybrid model.