2014 Honda Accord PHEV to Offer 15 Miles of Electric-Only Range

By · September 06, 2012

Honda Accord PHEV

Set to go on sale in early 2013, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Sedan will offer "premium technology, exceptional cabin space, the ability to run in an all-electric mode for 10 to 15 miles and a calculated total driving range over 500 miles." That's the message from yesterday's press release from Honda, as the company readies its 2014 Accord PHEV for its US debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late November.

Honda Accord PHEV rear

Honda said the powertrain on the Accord PHEV will feature an i-VTEC 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 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 lithium-ion battery pack. Total horsepower is listed at 196, which beats the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Fusion Energi on power. Despite the extra oomph, Honda said the plug-in Accord will be rated at over 100 MPGe.

Honda Accord PHEV interior

With its sizable battery pack, the 2014 Accord PHEV will qualify for a federal tax credit of $3,750 and will get California's Enhanced AT-PZEV rating. In addition, the 2014 Accord PHEV is projected, by Honda, to be among the safest cars on the road. The Accord PHEV is "is expected to earn a top safety pick rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and 5-Star ratings in federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests," according to the company. The Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid managed four stars in NHTSA tests, compared to the five-star rating of the standard Prius hybrid.


· Bill Howland (not verified) · 5 years ago

This looks like a jealous Honda (not necessarily a bad thing) had come out with its PlugIN Prius killer.

· · 5 years ago

I am amazed by consistent Honda management shortsightedness!
They cannot make a good mass market hybrid for 12 years!

Honda Accord is a sedan with battery pack that is mounted vertically in the trunk against the rear seat back. Again trunk-salon access is blocked! By this Honda cuts its Plug-in potential sales in half !!!

Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan August sales are 3,840 but they are almost doubled by addition of a wagon in same vehicle size class: Prius V: 3,325.
Ford gets it too: Ford introduces Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in sedan but at the same time Ford introduces a wagon/hatchback in the same class: Ford C-MAX Enregi Plug-in.

Should we wait another 12 years until Honda gets it?
They can be out of business by that time. It is a pity - they make great ICE cars :(

· Spec (not verified) · 5 years ago

Take a bow GM . . . imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

· · 5 years ago

Parody press release from the not-so-distant future:

The race is on! Honda has recently duplicated, electrically, mile per mile, Toyota's 15 mile accomplishment. But, as we speak, engineers are hard at work to give us the 12 or 10 electric-only-mile EV. Now that the purely electric battery-only EV has been perfected, the auto industry is focusing their energies on the next great technological hurdle: an exclusively liquid-fuel-only automobile.

"We're confident it can be done within the next few years" says independent analyst Royston Miller. " The battery will eventually be dispensed with entirely in the modern range extender vehicle and consumers, someday soon, will not have to worry again about messy extension cords and the inconvenience of charging while sleeping." Instead of plugging-in at home and sometimes forgetting, all charging can take place - via liquid - at conveniently located neighborhood stations. "Many of these are open 24 hours daily and offer nutritious, microwaveable ready-to-eat food at competitive prices."

Isabelle Rowlings of the Peak Institute adds "Our research has shown that owners of traditional battery-only vehicles were suffering from various forms of social withdrawal. So-called range anxiety was only part of it. The human interaction involved with vehicle charging at home was being been lost with these all-electric people. It came down to the fact that they simply needed to get out of the house more often."

The new liquid-only-fuel range extender cars will bring today's motorist back, nostalgically speaking, to the days of automobiles our parents and grandparents knew. "There are many similarities, actually," Miller interjects, "once that pesky battery is completely gone in the current range extender vehicle, it will be like the good old days all over again."

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

No Thanks, Why settle for 15 miles of charge in 2014 when I can get 100% today from a Nissan Leaf.

· Brett Owen (not verified) · 5 years ago

So in 1.5 years Honda will release a plugin hybrid that gets less than half the electric range of the Volt. At which time we can only hope for Honda's sake that the Volt's range remains the same and has not decreased in price. :)

· SVL (not verified) · 5 years ago

Man, this announcement get's me all excited and stuff. Really.

· · 5 years ago

I bet Honda will do all it can so its Accord has more range than the Prius plug-in.

· Earl (not verified) · 5 years ago

Those critical of Honda for taking so long to get it right are probably those who complain endlessly about their remorse for purchasing vehicles where the manufacturer didn't get it right. Honda owners will get what I'm saying.

I am already penciled in a 2015 trade-in of my Lexus Hybrid for the Accord PHEV. That will put 2 Accords in the driveway and my fourth in total. When Honda brings it to market you know it's bulletproof, so count me amongst those who will appreciate this step forward for the H nameplate.

· · 5 years ago

@ Benjamin Nead, I made an extra version for the fun:

Man, an exclusively liquid-fuel-only automobile, that’s a hard one. I guess the engine would have to be so large that the weight of it would only allow the car to move at slow speed. And such a huge gas tank wouldn’t fit in the car. It would also leak and be a permanent explosion danger. I don’t say it can’t be done but I don’t see the thing on our road before 2030 at best.
In the mean time other researchers have been working on the next best technology, insiders call it the steam machine but wouldn’t accept to give more details about it but to say it could be working on solid fuel. I guess we won’t see it in our lifetime.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

@ Benjamin Nead: I heard they may soon give away dishes and steak knives too !
I have my green stamp book ready!

· · 5 years ago

No Thanks, Why settle for 15 miles of charge in 2014 when I can get 100% today from a Nissan Leaf.

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