Honda's first plug-in hybrid combines extensive standard features and
estimated driving range over 800km
MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Sedan will provide the athleticism and craftsmanship of the all-new
Accord platform, charged with a remarkable dose of hybrid efficiency
and electric torque. Set to be introduced in the summer of 2013 as an
ATDP (Advanced Technology Development Product), the 2014 Accord Plug-in
Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan will offer premium technology, exceptional cabin
space, the ability to run in an all-electric mode for 20 - 28km1 and a calculated1 total driving range over 800km.
The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan features one of four efficient 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 future. .
The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by Honda's first two-motor
hybrid system, and uses a new Earth DreamsTM 2.0 litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower, teamed
with a powerful 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.
To maximize driving efficiency, the uniquely designed 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. Fuel efficiency for the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
is expected to exceed 100 MPG-e, and it's also expected to receive an
Enhanced AT-PZEV rating from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Beyond its function as a full-electric vehicle, owners 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
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, which allows for exceptionally natural brake pedal
feel, while extending the range over which the regenerative braking can
take place. In addition to its efficient powertrain, the Accord PHEV
features remarkably swift charging times. 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.
Based on the Touring trim level of standard Accord Sedan, the 2014 Honda
Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan will feature two exterior colour choices.
The Accord PHEV will also feature a weight-saving aluminum hood,
17-inch forged alloy wheels, a unique front bumper along with enhanced
underbody aerodynamic treatments.
A host of visibility technologies are standard on the 2014 Accord PHEV,
including a rearview camera, an expanded-view driver's mirror, Honda's
new LaneWatch™ blind-spot display, LED headlights, LED daytime running
lights (DRL), and LED mirror-mounted turn indicators.
The Accord PHEV is available in a single highly equipped trim level,
based on the standard features of the premium Accord Touring model.
Standard Accord PHEV features include:
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Smart Start and Smart Entry
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition2
Multi-view rearview camera
HondaLink™ EV telematics system
Heated front seats
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Driver's 8-way power seat with 2-position memory
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID)
Audio with touchscreen interface
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Bio-Fabric seating surfaces
Expanded-view driver's mirror
LED mirror-mounted turn signals
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Chrome-plated door handles
The Earth Dreams technology used on the Accord PHEV includes an i-VTEC
2.0-litre 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine coupled with a
two-motor hybrid drive system. The hybrid system features a 124-kW
electric motor powered by a 6.7-kWh Li-Ion battery pack. The gasoline
engine produces a maximum 137 horsepower (hp) at 6200 rpm. In
conjunction with the two-motor hybrid-drive system, the total power
output peaks at 196 hp, which surpasses the Toyota Prius Plug-In
Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt and projected output of the Ford Fusion Energi
plug-in hybrid. The EarthDreams engine horsepower alone surpasses the
total gas-electric output of the Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
Although not finalized at press time, anticipated fuel economy ratings
for the 2014 Accord PHEV are expected to exceed 100 MPG-e1 in full-electric mode, provide a 20 - to 28km1 EV driving range and a calculated1 total driving range over 800km. When in gasoline-only mode, it is
expected to return one of the top EPA fuel economy ratings among
mid-size sedans, and is also expected to earn an Enhanced AT-PZEV
rating from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
The two-motor hybrid system in the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid allows
power from the gasoline engine to flow directly to the front wheels,
power the generator to supply electrical propulsion or even charge the
battery pack. The Accord PHEV hybrid system moves seamlessly and
automatically through its three powertrain states to maximize
performance, efficiency and range.
From a low-charge indicator point3, recharge time for the Li-Ion battery pack when plugged into a standard
120-volt wall outlet is less than three hours, among the fastest in the
Accord PHEV's class. And when plugged into a Level-2, 240-volt charger
the recharge time is less than one hour - the quickest in the class.
This is about half the required charge time of the Prius Plug-In
Hybrid. 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 Accord body received further improvements in weight reduction,
aerodynamic efficiency and rolling resistance in its transformation to
Accord PHEV. All are designed to help Accord PHEV drivers maximize
their driving range from every watt of electrical energy and every
litre of gasoline. Weight reduction features include:
All-aluminum front subframe
17-inch forged aluminum wheels
Aluminum brake pedal
Aluminum rear bumper beam
Puncture repair kit (in place of gasoline-engine Accord's spare wheel
Aerodynamic advancements include:
Cabin floor undercovers
Rear decklid spoiler
Aerodynamic inboard wheel covers
Reductions in rolling resistance include:
Low rolling-resistance tires
Low-friction wheel bearings
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.
As with the gasoline-engine Accord models, the Accord PHEV uses an
electric power steering (EPS) system that automatically adjusts the
amount of steering assist for conditions. The EPS system is more
efficient than a traditional hydraulic system, and it operates
consistently whether the vehicle is using electricity, gasoline, or
The Accord PHEV features a braking system, which provides fully
electronic control of the hydraulic brake system. This by-wire system
results in a five-percent improvement in regenerative braking
efficiency compared to a hydraulic booster system used in other
Sophisticated and contemporary, the redesigned 2013 Accord Sedan
interior serves as the ideal basis for the 2014 Accord PHEV interior.
The Accord PHEV features a next-gen Honda Bio Fabric seat material, a
new fabric that offers conventional softness and durability, but with
reduced manufacturing environmental impact. The interior features
several brighter trim accents and is available in gray to compliment
the choice of two exterior colours.
With the Accord PHEV's free and convenient HondaLink™ EV smartphone app,
owners can remotely schedule charging of the Li-Ion battery pack
(taking advantage of "off-peak" electricity rates), monitor the state
of charge, and even pre-warm or pre-cool the vehicle's interior while
charging before they drive. HondaLink EV features include:
Charge complete notification
Drive range display
Charge station locator
Like the all-new Accord, the new Accord PHEV offers a greater range of
standard active and passive safety features than any other vehicle in
Honda history. These include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The
Accord PHEV also has an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) to
audibly warn pedestrians when it is approaching in EV Drive mode. Based
on internal testing, the 2014 Accord PHEV is expected to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and 5-Star
ratings in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan will be built in Sayama, Japan.
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and
high-resolution photography of the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Sedan is available at www.hondanews.ca.
1Preliminary EPA fuel economy ratings and gas-electric range rating
determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage ratings not available at the
time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage
and range will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your
2 Certain functions that rely on a satellite signal will not work
correctly in Hawaii and Alaska. These functions include but are not
limited to automatic clock updates and time zone adjustments.
3From low-charge indicator illumination point to full charge
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