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Honda Accord plugin hybrid

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by anticitizen13.7, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. anticitizen13.7

    anticitizen13.7 Enemy of the Status Quo

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    Has anyone seen an Accord plugin on the road? I'm not sure how to describe it... maybe the Middle Class Fisker Karma?

    Anyways, full specs here: http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-plug-in/specifications.aspx

    The battery is rated 6.7 kWh, which is good for an EPA rating of 13 miles:frown: Honda claims the battery can be charged in about 1 hour with a 240V/30A line. In all-Electric mode, a 124 kW (about 166 horsepower) electric motor moves the car and is good for 124c/105h/115combined MPGe. A 2.0L gasoline engine provides long range of up to 574 miles and hybrid FE of 47c/46h/46combined EPA.

    So it has Honda reliability, a big cabin, and controls that are familiar to Honda drivers, but there are a few downsides.

    The front is hideous. It reminds me of some kind of Japanese dinosaur or lizard that maybe wants to attack a Toyota Camry. The wheels are similarly bizarre. Forget about bringing any large items home from the store: the battery pack takes up half the trunk space, leaving 8.6 cubic feet of storage. Taking a road trip? Range anxiety might not be there, but I'd definitely have luggage anxiety.

    Part of me marvels at the complexity of the Accord plugin, but it is a really bad way to sell electric vehicles. What large sedan has 8.6 cubic feet of trunk space? I just don't think the big automakers really understand what it takes to sell an electric car.
     

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