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2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Arrives in Dealerships

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The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid has officially arrived in select dealerships in California and New York. The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid is rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe in all electric mode, making it the most fuel-efficient sedan in America. It starts at $39,780 and buyers can also lease it for $429 a month.

The Honda Accord Plug-In is rated by the EPA with a maximum EV Mode driving range of 13 miles and a gasoline fuel-economy rating of 47/46/46 mpg (city/hwy/combined). The 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid is powered by an all-new two-motor hybrid system utilizing a powerful 124 kW electric motor that also acts like a continuously variable transmission (e-CVT) mated to a 2.0-liter i-VTEC, Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine. Electric-only operation is supported by a 6.7 kWh lithium-ion battery, with high efficiency regenerative braking provided by an all-new electric-servo braking system.

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To maximize driving efficiency, the new two-motor hybrid system allows the Accord Plug-In powertrain to transition between all-electric EV Drive, gasoline-electric Hybrid Drive; and direct Engine Drive. Beyond its function as a full-electric vehicle, drivers will be able to choose two additional driving modes to manage battery capacity and tailor the capabilities of the vehicle to their commute. In its default start-up mode, the Accord Plug-In acts as a pure electric vehicle and will remain in full-electric mode until the battery state of charge necessitates the automatic switch to gas/electric hybrid operation. At higher speeds and engine loads, such as during aggressive acceleration, the gasoline engine kicks in to provide additional power. There is also a button on the center console that allows the driver to manually select EV mode - for example, if they want to utilize EV mode in their neighborhood, or in city traffic on stop-and-go highway driving when regenerative braking potential is increased. In the driver-selectable "HV" mode, the plug-in Accord acts as a conventional hybrid, blending electric motor gasoline engine power to maximize fuel efficiency while maintaining the battery charge level.

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The 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid can be fully charged in less than three hours when plugged into a standard 120-volt household electrical outlet and in less than one hour using a 240-volt "Level-2" charger.

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The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In will be available in three exterior colors, White Orchid Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Burnished Silver Metallic.

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