Sneak Preview: Honda's New, 2013 Plug-in Accord

Honda is on a bit of a Hybrid roll lately, having resumed production of its hybrid Insight and announced a new, 70 mph hybrid Fit Shuttle just this week alone.  What more, really, could anyone ask of Honda?

As Gas 2.0 editor Chris DeMorro put it, “another hybrid” – and here it is.  Sort of.

According to our friends at, the Accord up there (which looks like any other late-model Accord plus a few stickers) is actually an all-electric capable plug-in hybrid, which the company will likely position as a more “mainstream-friendly” alternative to Toyota’s hybrid Camry and Chevy’s slightly smaller Volt.  Under the skin, the Accord sedan makes use of a two motor system (unlike Honda’s current single-motor hybrid setup) combining a 120 kW traction motor with a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine, sending power to the wheels through a Honda-designed CVT transmission.

The plug-in Accord places its 6 kWh li-ion battery pack under the back seat, and is “about the size of a suitcase”.   As it sits in the prototype Accord (above) the package is good for a top speed of 60 mph, and an all-electric range of about 15 miles.  Honda believes this EV range will “satisfy about 70 percent of its users’ (driving needs).”


Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.