Honda preparing plug-in hybrid Accord sedan, will go up to 15 miles on battery power

2010 LA: Honda plug-in hybrid system
2010 LA: Honda plug-in hybrid system

At the 2010 LA Auto Show, Honda unveiled a plug-in hybrid platform that showed off the company’s next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology also set to debut in 2012. Word has it that the system is currently being tested in a Honda Accord and could allow the sedan to travel up to 15 miles in electric-only model.

According to Hirohisa Ogawa, a chief engineer of battery research at Honda, the company started testing the vehicle late last year.

In all-electric mode, the Accord sedan will use a 6kWh lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor. Recharging the battery back to full should take 2 to 2.5 hours using a 120-volt outlet and 1 to 1.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. After the battery runs out a 2.0L, i-VTEC inline 4-cylinder, Atkinson cycle engine, paired with an electric Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT), will kick in to provide additional miles.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoWeek