John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, said that Honda plans to discontinue the production of the CNG Civic, Hybrid Civic, and the Accord plug-in. Mendel made this statement while speaking at a media briefing in Detroit earlier this week.
Honda is cleaning up its range, removing the low selling vehicles to tidy up before its fuel-cell vehicle hits the market. Honda is also working on a plug-in hybrid and a dedicated battery-electric vehicle.
Only 55 of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid vehicles were sold in the first 5 months of this year. “With any type of inconvenience customers aren’t willing to compromise,” said Mendel. Over the years the price of natural gas rose to parity with gasoline and fueling these vehicles is not easy. “The infrastructure, while it improves, just wasn’t as convenient as petrol.”
The high price of the Accord PHEV is definitely a hard sale, as Honda has it priced almost $19,000 more than the base model Accord.
“We will not be offering a plug-in version of Accord going forward as we look toward the scheduled launch of a new dedicated plug-in model. But we will expand application of our innovative two- and three-motor hybrid systems in the coming years. The Accord Hybrid is already the most fuel-efficient 5-passenger sedan in America, and the new Accord Hybrid set to debut in early 2016 will raise the bar with the next-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system for even greater fuel economy and performance. Further, enhancements to production methods for the two-motor system will help lead to a strong increase in Accord Hybrid sales.”
Since January 2013, Honda has sold 1,030 Accord PHEVs.