It is quite obvious trend to deliver hybrid and plug-in hybrids to the market. This is done because the fuel consumption is the number one factor for the U.S. buyers and the vehicles like the 2015 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid certainly help out in this segment plus it allows much lower CO2 emissions.
Under the hood of this vehicle we have great Earth Dreams 2.0 liter four cylinder engine with i-VTEC technology that is capable of delivering 137 hp. With the addition of 124 kW electric motor this is one quite powerful setup and combined system power is rated to 196 hp. Power to the electric motor is delivered from 6.7 kWh Lithium Ion battery pack that allows about 10 to 15 miles of electric energy drive only. When in EV mode it will return about 100 MPGe that is great and comparable with other electric and hybrid vehicles.
2015 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid Review
There are three drive modes and driver can choose between electric mode when only electric power and electric motor will be used. There is also HV mode when this car will act as a standard hybrid and use both units to maximize the fuel economy. Third mode is the HV Charge mode when this vehicle will use both motors but also will charge battery pack. Full charge of battery pack is done in less than three hours when 120 Volt outlet is used and in less than one hour when 240 Volt outlet is used.
Just like with many other high tech hybrids and EV’s, this one also comes with impressive features and all the latest technology available on the market. LED is present in daytime running lights, headlights, mirror mounted turn signals and similar. Features like blind spot monitor, expanded view drivers mirror, rearview camera and LaneWatch are standard and come with every vehicle.
Since the 2015 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is all about fuel economy and CO2 emission reductions we are getting upgraded body. With changes in this segment it will come with better aerodynamics and lower rolling resistance. As a result we are getting quite impressive fuel economy. As we mentioned before it is capable of returning about 100 MPGe in EV mode and 47/46 mpg when it is in standard hybrid mode.
Changes For 2015 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
Starting price that is slightly less than $40.000 seems pretty high but it is still competitive and comparable with other vehicles in this segment. With battery pack and option to recharge it every driver will be able to achieve impressive fuel economy results and save a lot on the fuel bill. Also, lower CO2 emission is something that we need to mention.
Upgrades that we are getting to the chassis bring us the lower weight vehicle but with the addition of battery pack and electric motor this vehicle is heavier than the gasoline version. Aluminum is used for the front end here making it lighter and fuel efficient, when this is combined with alloy wheels of low aero drag and 225/50/17 tires we are getting nice results.
With introduction of HondaLink smartphone app every owner will be able to monitor the state of the battery pack. This also comes handy when you want remotely to recharge batteries and schedule recharge cycles. Among other things that this apps allow you is to cool or warm the interior even before you enter the vehicle and optimize the temperature for your trip.