Honda, City of Torrance, CA Testing Accord PHEV

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Honda's Accord PHEV

Honda is throwing its hat into the midsize PHEV ring with the 2014 Accord Plug-In, which the automaker says is the most fuel-efficient sedan in America. (Photo courtesy Honda.)

Honda has supplied an Accord Plug-In Hybrid to the City of Torrance, CA in a move the automaker called “a critical component of…its advancement of electric-drive vehicles.”

The Accord PHEV joins a Honda Fit EV already in the city’s fleet and can travel up to 13 miles in electric-only mode.

American Honda Environmental Business Development Office Vice President Steven Center said, “Honda’s continued relationship with the City of Torrance through our advanced vehicle testing has been instrumental in advancing our sustainable transportation solutions. Through real-world feedback of the Fit EV and now the Accord Plug-In, the City of Torrance plays an essential role in the refinement and evolution of electric drive vehicles and, ultimately, the expansion of customer adoption for this technology.”

The release from Honda said Torrance employees have been driving the Fit EV over the course of a year, piling on more than 7,500 miles and reducing their CO2 emissions by about 74% compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle — including the regular Honda Fit. In so doing, the employees also exceeded the Fit EV’s EPA miles per gallon equivalency (MPGe) of 132 MPGe city, 105 MPGe highway, 118 combined. Time will tell whether the Torrance employees can squeeze better than the EPA combined MPGe rating of 115 for the Accord PHEV.

Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto said, “”The City of Torrance is proud to continue its partnership with Honda where we jointly hold the keys to a compelling solution for reducing CO2 emissions. We have been impressed by the potential of the Fit EV to significantly reduce the city’s CO2 emissions from transportation and contribute to our CO2 reduction goals. The addition of the Accord Plug-In will help enhance our efforts to reduce CO2 from the city’s operations.”

Honda bills the Accord PHEV as “the most fuel-efficient sedan in the U.S.” At the time of this writing, it is only available in select New York and California markets. If plugged in when its low charge indication is given, recharging takes less than three hours when plugged into a 120-volt household electrical outlet, Honda said. If a 240-volt “Level 2″ charger is used, the automaker says recharging takes less than an hour. More details about the Accord PHEV can be found in our previous coverage here.

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  • Julie Armstrong

    Torrance, it’s TORRANCE!
    Thanks Honda, Torrance won’t let you down!

    • Lyndon Johnson

      Yikes! Thanks for pointing that out. That’s what I get for writing posts in the small hours of the night!