Honda has set a high fuel-efficiency standard in the United States with its outstandingly efficient 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
It is the most efficient sedan in America. It surpasses the efficiency of the Chevy Volt, Prius Plug-In Hybrid, all of the other Prius vehicles, and the Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid. It has an electric fuel efficiency rating of 115 MPGe, and it has up to 15 miles of EV range.
It is the first hybrid to meet the LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard.
To give you a better idea of what we’re talking about, compare it to the Chevy Volt and Prius Plug-In Hybrid:
- Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid: 100 MPGe. 47 City | 46 Highway | 46 Combined.
- Chevy Volt: 98 MPGe.
- Prius Plug-In Hybrid: 95 MPGe. 51 City | 49 Highway | 50 Combined.
An Accord is not exactly a small economy car, either — it is a comfortable family car, so this is very impressive.
This hybrid can be fully charged in less than three hours when plugged into a 120-volt power outlet (a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter), or less than one hour using a “Level-2” 240-volt charger.
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This car is equipped with a Honda Earth Dreams technology two-motor hybrid propulsion system consisting of a 124 kW (166 HP) electric motor which acts as a CVT (continuously variable transmission).
It is also equipped with a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre, i-VTEC, Atkinson-cycle gasoline combustion engine and three driving modes:
- All-electric mode, which enables you to silently enter and leave neighbourhoods during late night or early morning hours.
- Hybrid gas and electric.
- Direct engine drive.
As hybrid cars usually do, this vehicle operates in all-electric mode until the battery’s SOC (state of charge) is low, or unless the driver accelerates aggressively, then the gas engine will start to provide it with the necessary power.
This vehicle just went on sale in California and New York for an MSRP of $39,780.
Source: Honda Pressroom