Review of Next Year’s Accord Plug-In

Autoblog says “We dug the design in person, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. When you engage HV mode, the car knows that you want to keep the battery’s state of charge at whatever level it’s currently at. The EPA has decided that the Accord PHEV qualifies as an enhanced AT-PZEV, which means HOV lane access in California. The PHEV is the first use of a new and complicated powertrain that will someday play a much bigger role in the company’s line-up.”

EV Drive– Here, the only energy moving the car comes mostly from the battery. When starting with a full battery pack, the engine will not kick in under normal city driving until the pack is depleted, which should take 10-15 miles. When the driver requests “higher speeds or under high demand for acceleration,” the gasoline engine will turn on “to provide additional power.” This drive operation automatically comes on during deceleration. The official top speed in EV Drive is around 80 miles per hour and an electric A/C compressor and water heater allow the car to stay in EV mode longer.

Hybrid Drive– This is where the Accord PHEV does its best Chevrolet Volt impression. The battery is still used, when there’s juice, but mostly, Hybrid Drive only gets the engine running in order to send electricity straight to the 124-kW electric traction motor. The engine does not turn the wheels directly.

Engine Drive– Now we’re in standard internal combustion territory, because this is when the gasoline engine provides direct drive of the wheels. Battery? What battery?

Engine: 2.0L I4 / 124 KW motor
Power: 196 HP / 226 LB-FT
Transmission: CVT
Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: NA
Seating: 2+3
Cargo: NA
MPG: 100+ MPGe (est.)