We get information from autoblog.com is about new honda be unveiled at Torrance, CA it’s Honda Accord dressed in graphics that read “Plug-In Hybrid.” In Torrance, the cars will be used by various city departments, including the Economic Development office, the Community Development department, and the Public Works office.
The president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Tetsuo Iwamura, took part in a ceremony with Torrance mayor Frank Scotto to hand over a symbolic Honda key. Honda’s demonstration program will give the company real-world data on how drivers use both electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The Accord plug-in hybrid (PHV) that made its debut is nothing more than an early-stage prototype, but Honda did drop some specs for its PHV, which we’ve highlighted below:
- This new hybrid system is designed for mid-size to larger vehicles and will be introduced in a future Honda model in 2012.
- The plug-in hybrid allows for short, frequent trips in all-electric mode.
- The Honda two-motor system continuously moves through three different modes to maximize driving efficiency: all-electric, gasoline-electric and a unique, engine direct-drive mode.
- In all-electric mode, the vehicle uses a 6kWh lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor.
- The all-electric mode achieves a range of approximately 10-15 miles in city driving and a top speed of 62 mph.
- Fully recharging the battery will take 3 to 4 hours using a 120-volt outlet and 1 to 1.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet.
Honda’s planning to launch a production PHV in 2013, so there’s still ample time for the automaker to modify its powertrain before the vehicle debuts