Honda is waiting until early January to start selling the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and it will be the first gasoline-powered vehicle to qualify for the strong Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle 20 (SULEV 20) standards under CARB’s regulations. This means that the car emits no more than 20 milligrams of smog-forming emissions for each mile that it moves. Yes, that’s low.
At the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda said the Accord PHEV gets 124 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in the city and 105 MPGe on the highway when there’s juice in the battery pack. When using only the gasoline engine, the car gets 47 mpg city and 46 mpg highway. The powrtrain uses Honda’s Earth Dreams two-motor hybrid system that electrically couples a 2.0-liter iVTEC Atkinson cycle engine to a Continuously Variable Transmission. It’s pretty complicated, the way the powertrain works, but we describe it here.
The Accord PHEV has an MSRP of $39,780. Later in 2013, a non-plug-in version of the Accord Hybrid will become available.
The Central Valley Business Times reports that this is not the first time Honda is first out the gate to meet a new CARB rule. Different models were the first gasoline powered LEV (the 1996 Civic), the first ULEV (the 1998 Accord) and the first SULEV (the 2000 Accord). The first ATPZEV natural gas vehicle was the 2001 Civic GX and the first ATPZEV hybrid was the 2003 Civic Hybrid.
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