Honda endeavored into the realm of plug-in hybrid vehicles with the popular four-door in 2014. Emerging shortly after the announcement of the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid allows drivers to travel short distances on solely electric power. Fitted with a larger battery pack than the conventional Accord Hybrid, the plug-in hybrid version of the Honda Accord can be charged from a dedicated household outlet in three hours.
The 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery is used to feed a 124-kilowatt electric motor. Under EV Drive, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid could travel up to 13 miles on only electric power. When electrical power is exhausted, a 137-horsepower Earth Dreams 2.0-liter gasoline engine incorporating I-VTEC technology efficiently moves the Accord Plug-in Hybrid. Gasoline-only combined fuel economy for the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is rated at 46 miles per gallon.
Collective use of the electric and gasoline powertrain achieves fuel economy assessed at 115 miles per gallon. Featuring a distinct front end from the conventional Accord sedan, a unique grille is accompanied by LED headlights. Chrome-plated door handles, 17-inch forged alloy wheels with aero covers and a decklid spoiler is found on the exterior of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid. Inside, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid comes heavily equipped with standard features.
Satellite-linked navigation system with voice recognition, Smart Start and Smart Entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats as well as HomeLink is included inside the Honda sedan. The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is comes standard with accident avoidance technology such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. For the 2014 model year, the Accord Plug-in Hybrids rollout into the marketplace began with sales in the California and New York in the United States.