Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid manages 24km in EV mode, previews next Hybrid

Honda has taken the covers off the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) version of its new American Accord sedan. This new car will serve as the base for the next generation Accord Hybrid, which will join the range in the States in the middle of 2013.

The two engines under this Accord’s bonnet are a 102kW 2-litre petrol engine (part of the company’s new and nauseatingly named Earth Dreams range) and a 124kW electric motor; the electric engine is supported by a 6.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack. When the petrol and electric motors are working in tandem they can deliver a total of 146kW of power.

There are three states of operation for this hybrid drivetrain — electric only, petrol only and petrol-electric hybrid — with hybrid and electric-only modes selectable by the driver; by default the car operates in electric-only mode. In electric-only mode, the Accord PHEV can do between 16 and 24 kilometres, while the company estimates a range of over 800km from a full tank of a fuel and a fully charged battery.

Less than an hour is required to charge the lithium-ion batteries from 240V power point. It does that three hours for a full recharge, though, from a standard 120V American socket.

No word yet on whether the Accord Plug-in Hybrid will make it to Australia. Although it seems highly unlikely unless this model is produced at the Thailand manufacturing plant, which is the source of our American-style Accords.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]