Honda gets excited about the 2013 Accord Plug-in Hybrid

Release Date: January 15, 2013
MSRP: $39,780 US
Battery Pack Size: 6.7 kWh
Electric Range: 13 miles (EPA rated)
MPGe: 115 MPGe
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2011 Honda Accord Plug-in Concept

The original concept was first shown at the LA Auto Show in 2010 and then at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2011. 2013 marks a new design for the Accord, and Honda is also releasing a plug-in hybrid version of the sedan when the redesigned Accord goes on sale this fall.

While the Honda Accord Plug in has yet to be officially released with pictures and specifications, we do know some things about it. The Accord Plug-in will offer 100% electric driving until the electric power runs out, at which point a gasoline engine will take over to keep the vehicle running. We don’t know if the motor will simply charge the batteries or if the range extending motor will power the wheels directly.

Honda has stated the Accord Plug-in will have an electric range of 15 miles. No word on top speed yet, but it should at least match the Prius plug-ins electric only top speed of 62 miles per hour. The Ford C-max Energi top electric speed is substantially higher than any speed limits I’ve seen at 85 mph.

A 4 cylinder 2 liter Atkinson gasoline engine paired with 2 electric motors will power the vehicle.

Most of the design changes for the 2013 Accord are fairly subtle, but include aerodynamic features like flush windshield glass and windshield wipers as well as underbody panels to help smooth airflow.