The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by Honda's first two-motor hybrid system and uses the new Earth Dreams 2.0-litre i-VTEC four, which produces 137 km and is mated to a 124-kW electric motor, 6.7-kWh lithium-ion battery; the system's total output is 196 hp.
The two-motor hybrid system allows the PHEV powertrain to move seamlessly between all-electric drive, gas-electric hybrid drive, and direct engine drive. Fuel economy is expected to better 100 mpg-e (2.35 L/100 km).
The sedan features an electric serve braking system similar to that in the Honda Fit EV, which extends range through regenerative braking. The vehicle can be fully charged in less than three hours using a standard, 120-volt household electrical outlet, and in less than an hour using a Level 2 charger.
Besides environmental responsibility, visibility seems to be another theme: standard on the 2014 Accord PHEV are rearview camera, expanded-view driver's mirror, Honda's new LaneWatch blind-spot display, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED mirror-mounted turn indicators.
Honda says the car also serves as a basis for a conventional hybrid Accord due next summer.