Test Drive Results 2015 Honda Accord Plugin Hybrid Electric Car
OK, I did like this car. Here is a small portion of the review of the 2015 Honda Accord Plugin Hybrid Electric sedan.
For a mid-size plugin hybrid at around $40,000, this car takes the cake. Honda applause. What a great drive system, fuel efficiency and all around car. Especially for the new Honda Accord Plugin Hybrid Model our the Gate! It’s seating and all around drive was just like any other Honda Accord. Yet expect the best fuel economy for a $40K car on the market.
Fuel Economy Please?!
With an average fuel economy rating of 115 MPGe this car does what it says. The average fuel economy for the test in more hilly conditions was 97 mpg. What an impressive ride that does compete with the Ford Fusion Energi.
Honda’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) allows the Accord Plug-In hybrid electric to be separate but yet intertwined. There are three choices or modes with this car (like all other PHEV)
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The Accord Plug-In Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid have a completely new hybrid system for midsize vehicles that is an altogether different hybrid from Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid have a new system called Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD).
Therfore, under most conditions the gas engine powers a generator. That’s which in turn provides energy to charge the hybrid battery and/or for the electric motor to drive the wheels. In addition, the i-MMD can operate on gasoline engine power only. All mainly during medium- to high-speed cruising.
Honda’s i-MMD uses a new two-motor hybrid approach that continuously cycles between three different modes – EV drive, hybrid drive and engine drive – to maximize fuel efficiency. The key difference between the Accord Plug-In and Accord Hybrid is the size of the onboard battery. Also and more noteworthy is the presence of an onboard charging system. Yes folks and cord in the case of the Plug-in Hybrid. The Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) uses a 6.7 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and charging cord that allows recharging in less than three hours using a 120-volt outlet and less than one hour using a Level-2 (240-volt) charger.