Honda, continuing to study advanced technology vehicles, is teaming with the California city of Torrance to loan it a 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid to help the municipality examine sustainable transportation options. It joins a Fit EV the Japanese automaker has provided to Torrance as well.
The Accord Plug-In, able to operate in electric-only mode for 13 miles “before transitioning between gasoline-electric hybrid and gasoline modes,” is seen as being the must fuel-efficient sedan in America with an EPA rated 115 MPGe. It is Honda’s first plug-in hybrid, and the the first production car in the U.S. to meet the new, more stringent LEV3/SULEV20 emissions standard.
While Torrance integrates the Honda plug-in hybrid to its city operations, data has been shared with the public about real world use of the Fit EV test vehicle. After driving more than 7,500 miles in combined city and highway driving, it was said, city employees, using the Fit EV for everyday business, were able to surpass the Fit EV’s adjusted EPA mile-per-gallon-equivalency rating of 132/105/118 MPGe.
Honda estimated Torrance, with this small electric car, has been able to “reduce its CO2 emissions by roughly 74 percent when compared with a gasoline-powered vehicle, such as the Honda Fit.” The company has loaned these cars to Stanford University and Google as well to gain additional insights on their uses in real world settings.