Honda recently announced the new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Sedan, saying that it “will provide the athleticism and craftsmanship of the all-new Accord platform, charged with a remarkable dose of hybrid efficiency and electric torque,” which I’m sure is a good thing if you know anything about cars.
Set to go on sale in early 2013 — which never made much sense to me considering it’s a 2014 model — the 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan is set to be filled with all sorts of luxurious goodies.
There are a lot of stats for this new hybrid, which you can see in full here, but there are a few things which Honda has publicized that is worth looking at in full.
The new vehicle will be powered by Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system, which is using one of the new Earth Dreams 2.0-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, producing 137 horsepower, running in conjunction with a 124-kilowatt electric motor. Electric driving is supported by a 6.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which will alow drivers to run in an “all-electric mode” for 10 to 15 miles.
All tallied, the total driving range for the new Accord is over 500 miles.
Honda added that, “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 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.
On top of their movement into the hybrid-vehicle space, the new Honda Accord also comes fitted with a full range of high-end technologies to make driving even easier. The 2014 Accord PHEV will come fitted with a rearview camera, an expanded-view driver’s mirror, Honda’s new LaneWatch blind-spot display, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED mirror-mounted turn indicators.
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