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2014 Honda Accord PHEV EPA-certified at 115 MPGe, on sale 15 Jan with MSRP of $39,780; LEV3/SULEV20 compliance

2014 Accord PHEV. Click to enlarge.

Although Honda’s presence at the Los Angeles Auto Show was dominated by the debut of the 2013 Civic, the company also announced that the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, featuring Honda’s new two-motor system (earlier post) earned an EPA-certified 115 MPGe rating and will go on sale in New York and California on 15 January with an MSRP of $39,780.

Separately, the Accord Hybrid, also featuring Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system, will launch nationwide next summer with anticipated fuel economy ratings of 49/45/47 city/hwy/combined (4.8/5.2/5.0 l/100km respectively). The revised 2013 Honda Crosstour and 2013 Honda CR-Z also made their auto-show debuts.

With its EPA rating of 115 MPGe, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid surpasses plug-in-class competitors including the Ford C-Max Energi (100 MPGe), Chevy Volt (98 MPGe), and Prius Plug-in (95 MPGe). The 2014 Accord Plug-in has been rated by the EPA with a maximum all-electric EV mode range of 13 miles (21 km) (Honda had earlier projected 10 to 15 miles), and a fuel-economy rating of 47/46/46 mpg city/hwy/combined (5.0/5.1/5.1 l/100km respectively).

The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by Honda’s first two-motor hybrid system, and uses a new Earth Dreams i-VTEC 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine producing 137 hp (102 kW) at 6200 rpm, teamed with a 124 kW electric motor. Electric driving is supported by a 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and total system output is 196 hp (146 kW).

The Accord Plug-in is also the first production car in America to meet the more stringent new LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard (earlier post), and it will also qualify for single-occupant carpool-lane access in California.

The new California LEV III standards are designed to force the reduction of fleet average emissions of new passenger cars (PCs), light-duty trucks (LDTs) and medium-duty passenger vehicles (MDPVs) to super ultra-low-emission vehicle (SULEV) levels by 2025. (This corresponds to US EPA Tier 2 Bin 2.)

The California Air Resources Board proposed proposed three additional light-duty vehicle emission standards (ULEV70, ULEV50, and SULEV20) to which manufacturers may certify their vehicles when meeting the fleet average emission requirement. The numerical part of the standard category, such as 20 in SULEV20, refers to the emission standard, in thousandths of a gram per mile. I.e., SULEV20 represents NMOG+NOx emission standards of 0.020 g/mi.

Unlike the unique styling of the Accord Plug-In, the Accord Hybrid will share styling much closer the conventional Accord Sedan. More details on the Accord Hybrid will be released closer to launch.



Apparently, the Kit P troll is now denying that oil prices rose from the $25/bbl range around 2000 to the peak of over $140/bbl in 2008, and is also denying that Brent prices remain over $110/bbl despite the recession.

Oil prices are set by supply and demand.  Lower demand, high price... only possible if supply cannot be met at lower prices.  And that's what peak oil is, the inability of supply to keep up, so that it's more economical to meet needs in other ways.

Kit P

"Peak oil produced the slowdown"

Sometimes it is necessary to keep repeating the stupid things E-P says.

Of course he will then call me a troll for "now denying" something I did not say.


I note your "point-and-sputter" tactics, which completely ignore the one thing you'd be doing if you actually believed the position you espouse:

Showing how my claim is wrong.

Kit P

“my claim ”

We now see that E-P now agrees that I am correct and what he stated as a fact is just a claim. Furthermore, E-P assumes that others have to prove his BS wrong. When a reasonable argument is presented, E-P just redefines the meaning or words. In this case 'peak oil' is not some tin hat society theory but really just what we normally refer to as supply and demand.

A systematic approach includes understanding the root cause of a problem. Energy and food are really cheap commodities as a result of modern industrial society production methods. As we demonstrated in WWII, there are effective methods for dealing with disruptions in the energy supply. Energy is not the root cause of our current economic problems.

Other factors which even the best economists do not agree on contributed to the recent economic mess.

We now see that E-P now agrees that I am correct
Liar.  And paid troll, and fraud.
Furthermore, E-P assumes that others have to prove his BS wrong.
No, you have to support your claims.  Which you can't, because the world oil price runup was precipitated by a halt in the growth in world oil supplies starting around 2004.  The current slow growth has required a rough quintupling of prices from the year 2000 level of ~$20/bbl.  This can't continue, because the world economies can afford substitutions and efficiencies more than paying enough to make supplies keep growing.  When nobody's willing to pay what it takes to keep supply going up... peak oil.
In this case 'peak oil' is not some tin hat society theory but really just what we normally refer to as supply and demand.
Peak oil is when economics runs up against petroleum geology.
A systematic approach includes understanding the root cause of a problem.
I love the smell of irony in the morning.
Kit P

"I love the smell of irony in the morning. "

Like when E-P post a like to the oil drum after a reference to some tin hat society.


Like when Twit P whines about the site that hosts a graphic without even trying to dispute the data from which it was made, which was the IEA.  Point-and-sputter.

consumer 4100

Fair to say widespread adoption of this technology is based upon economics. One piece is certainly the price of petrol. The mass market will not buy an expensive solution to a cheap problem.

Too bad the USA has decided to give the oil sponge one final squeeze. In a decade the groundwater in certain regions will be polluted, oil depleated and the OPEC nations will be more than happy to take over selling their wares.


Accord PHEV is not competitive to Chevy Volt. Chevy Volt's AER 38 miles and Honda has only 13. Honda price after tax credit even higher than Volt's. Honda Accord small battery will cause service longevity issues due to more frequent cycling and power shortage as well.


It is too good that again the Honda is bringing its Accord Plug in Hybrid. It is really a good initiative by the Honda to deal in the market. Since market queries seem that most of the Asian region has been covered up by the Honda sales it will be a new initiative again.

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