With every car manufacturer seeming to produce new cars that are better than their predecessors for fuel economy and emissions, Honda has always been a leader. Only in one particular area has it seemed to be a little slower to get off and running and this is with plug-in hybrid cars. While other manufacturers like Toyota and Chevrolet already have plug-in hybrids on the road, Honda only announced the launch of its first plug-in hybrid this January.
At the Detroit Motor Show in January, Honda unveiled its new 2013 Accord range which will include a plug-in version. This will have three driving modes – direct drive, all-electric and gasoline-electric, like a traditional hybrid. The power will come from a 120kw electric motor that has a 6kW lithium-ion battery. In direct drive, the engine will work alone without the electric motor and in all-electric mode, the electric motor works independently of the engine, during which they will be no tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions. The all-electric range is around 15 miles – which should be adequate for most people’s commuter journeys as the average commuter trip is under twenty miles. It will have a maximum speed of 60mph in electric mode, and the battery will recharge in two hours on a 240V supply.
The 2013 Accord is the ninth generation of this ever popular car, and Honda has remained true to the original – knowing that its loyal customers don’t appreciate sweeping style changes.
If anything, to look at the Accord is a little more curved than its predecessor. The coupe is the same size as the eighth generation, but the sedan (or saloon car) is a bit shorter and lighter in weight. Cars in the same class include the VW Passat, the 2013 Ford Fusion and the Chevrolet Malibu.