Late last week, Honda wheeled out the electric Fit for a brief publicity drive in Torrance, CA. Parked beside the battery-powered Fit was a Honda Accord dressed in graphics that read "Plug-In Hybrid." The Accord plug-in hybrid (PHV) that made its debut is nothing more than an early-stage prototype, but Honda did drop some specs for its PHV, which we've highlighted below:
- This new hybrid system is designed for mid-size to larger vehicles and will be introduced in a future Honda model in 2012.
- The plug-in hybrid allows for short, frequent trips in all-electric mode.
- The Honda two-motor system continuously moves through three different modes to maximize driving efficiency: all-electric, gasoline-electric and a unique, engine direct-drive mode.
- In all-electric mode, the vehicle uses a 6kWh lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor.
- The all-electric mode achieves a range of approximately 10-15 miles in city driving and a top speed of 62 mph.
- Fully recharging the battery will take 3 to 4 hours using a 120-volt outlet and 1 to 1.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet.