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California Air Resources Board approves 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as first LEV3/SULEV20 vehicle on sale

The California Air Resources Board has approved the 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as the first car for sale in California that meets ARB’s LEV3/SULEV20 standard—the most stringent smog-emission standard to date. (Earlier post.)

The 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces only 20 milligrams of NMOG+NOx emissions per mile. In addition, this Honda model has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard required by all cars in 2025, the equivalent of a 50% reduction from current required levels.

Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most stringent standard. Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.

—Tom Cackette, ARB’s Deputy Executive Office and head of the mobile source program

ARB noted that Honda has a history of being the first manufacturer to comply with California’s strict emission standards. In 1995, the 1996 Civic was the first certified Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) gasoline vehicle. In 1997, the 1998 Accord was the first ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) gasoline vehicle. The following year, in 1999, the 2000 Accord was the first certified Super Ultra-low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) gasoline vehicle. In 2001, the 2001 Civic GX powered by compressed natural gas was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV). In 2002, the 2003 Civic Hybrid was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle. (AT PZEV) hybrid vehicle.

The Executive Order allowing Honda to sell the newly certified ultra-clean cars in California was signed on 21 December, following a detailed examination of emissions and performance test results. Honda began production of the car that same day.

The full-size sedan model achieves 124 MPGe (1.9 l/100km) city / 105 MPGe (224 l/100km) highway in hybrid mode, and 47 MPG (5 l/100km) city / 46 MPG (5.1 l/100km) highway in standard (gasoline only) mode.

The low emissions standards that this Honda model meets are part of the state’s Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations, adopted in January 2012. (Earlier post.)

When fully in force in 2025, the new set of standards will reduce smog-causing pollutants from low-emission vehicles 75% from current levels, and greenhouse gases by 34%.

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