The Air Resource Board of California (CARB) has approved the first car that meets the most stringent smog-emission standard there is (aside from zero-emission areas that is). The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid produces a mere 20 milligrams of smog-forming emissions per mile – this makes it the first gasoline powered car for sale in California that passes the SULEV20 standard. The Honda Accord PHEV also has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard required by all cars by 2025.
“Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most stringent standard,” said Tom Cackette, ARB’s Deputy Executive Officer and head of the mobile source program. “Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.”
The Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid achieves 124 MPGe in the city, and 105MPGe on the highway in hybrid mode, and 47 MPG city and 46 MPG highway when driving in gas only mode thanks to advanced technology in its design.
The super low emissions vehicle standards that the Accord PHEV meets are part of California’s Advanced Cars package of regulations adopted in January 2012. The package will ensure increasingly cleaner cars are manufactured for sale in California, and will provide increased choices for 100% electric zero-emission vehicles.
On December 21, following a detailed examination of emissions and performance test results, an Executive Order was signed allowing Honda to sell the Accord plug-in hybrid in California. Honda began production of the Accord PHEV the same day.