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Honda is waiting until early January to start selling the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and it will be the first gasoline-powered vehicle to qualify for the strong Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle 20 (SULEV 20) standards under CARB's regulations. This means that the car emits no more than 20 milligrams of smog-forming emissions for each mile that it moves. Yes, that's low.

At the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda said the Accord PHEV gets 124 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) in the city and 105 MPGe on the highway when there's juice in the battery pack. When using only the gasoline engine, the car gets 47 mpg city and 46 mpg highway. The powrtrain uses Honda's Earth Dreams two-motor hybrid system that electrically couples a 2.0-liter iVTEC Atkinson cycle engine to a Continuously Variable Transmission. It's pretty complicated, the way the powertrain works, but we describe it here.

The Accord PHEV has an MSRP of $39,780. Later in 2013, a non-plug-in version of the Accord Hybrid will become available.

The Central Valley Business Times reports that this is not the first time Honda is first out the gate to meet a new CARB rule. Different models were the first gasoline powered LEV (the 1996 Civic), the first ULEV (the 1998 Accord) and the first SULEV (the 2000 Accord). The first ATPZEV natural gas vehicle was the 2001 Civic GX and the first ATPZEV hybrid was the 2003 Civic Hybrid.
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Air Resources Board approves first of new generation of clean cars

2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord is first to meet California's new strict standard

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board has approved the first car for sale in California that meets ARB's most stringent smog-emission standard to date.

The 2014 Honda Plug-In Hybrid Accord produces only 20 milligrams of combined smog-forming emissions per mile. This makes it the first gasoline-powered car in California to meet what is known as the SULEV20 standard, the most stringent in the nation and one-third cleaner (in terms of smog-forming pollution) than the previous lowest state standard.

In addition, this Honda model has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard required by all cars in 2025, the equivalent of a 50-percent reduction from current required levels.

"Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB's most stringent standard," said Tom Cackette, ARB's Deputy Executive Officer and head of the mobile source program. "Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule."

Honda has a history of being the first manufacturer to comply with California's strict emission standards. In 1995, the 1996 Civic was the first certified Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) gasoline vehicle. In 1997, the 1998 Accord was the first certified ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) gasoline vehicle. The following year, in 1999, the 2000 Accord was the first certified Super Ultra-low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) gasoline vehicle. In 2001, the 2001 Civic GX powered by compressed natural gas was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV). And in 2002, the 2003 Civic Hybrid was the first certified Advanced Technology Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) hybrid vehicle.

The Executive Order allowing Honda to sell the newly certified ultra-clean cars in California was signed on December 21, following a detailed examination of emissions and performance test results. Honda began production of the car that same day.

As a result of the advanced technology in its design, the full-size sedan model achieves 124 MPGe city / 105 MPGe highway in hybrid mode, and 47 MPG city / 46 MPG highway in standard (gas only) mode.

The low emissions standards that this Honda model meets are part of the state's Advanced Clean Cars package of regulations, adopted in January 2012, that will ensure increasingly cleaner cars for sale in the state, and provide for increased choices of zero-emission vehicles.

When fully in force in 2025, the new set of standards will reduce smog-causing pollutants from low-emission vehicles 75 percent from current levels, and greenhouse gases by 34 percent. This will result in less overall vehicle emissions and cleaner air, along with more efficient cars that will ultimately require less fossil fuel to operate. The new requirements will save California drivers $5 billion in operating costs in 2025, and $10 billion by 2030 when more advanced cars are on the road

ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.


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      HAT1701D
      • 2 Years Ago
      The cost is, once again a killer. Most won't be able to afford it.
        danwat1234
        • 10 Months Ago
        @HAT1701D
        In 10 years the car will probably be pretty cheap to buy :)
      ga7smi
      • 2 Years Ago
      when calculating pollution you need to include the amount of pollution generated producing electricity to power car - also cost to operate - no way it is going to pay for itself
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ga7smi
        Wow. So do you have a crystal ball that tells you how much gasoline will cost 5 years from now? Can you please share what it says?
          James Katt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          Gas will cost about $5 a gallon 5 years from now. My crystal ball told me.
        James Katt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ga7smi
        Exactly. If everyone used electric cars, we would have to build MORE polluting oil or coal burning power plants - more than twice as many as we already have, or we have to build hundreds of nuclear power plants. Someone has to pay for charging all those cars. Plug-ins and electrics are not sustainable green energy cars. They burn more oil at power plants than regular or hybrids or diesels burn fuel.
          danwat1234
          • 10 Months Ago
          @James Katt
          Your claims are false. First of all, in some states like Wa State most of the electricity is generated by hydropower so EVs and plug-in hybrids are a clear win. But it has been demonstrated that in States with mostly coal burning power or natural gas burning power generation, an EV or plug-in hybrid is not worse than a Toyota Prius. So it's not 'bad' for the environment and as those states with the dirty power get cleaner, those EVs will automatically become cleaner too.
          skierpage
          • 1 Year Ago
          @James Katt
          You are clueless. The USA has, thankfully, stopped building coal plants, it is busy building natural gas power plants which are cleaner, and some renewables generating too. And hardly any power plants burn oil! Meanwhile an electric car is fundamentally more efficient than ICE, so whatever fossil fuels are burned propel the car further. If everyone used electric cars... the USA would consume dramatically less oil, every gallon of which took about another 0.25 gallons to produce, refine, spill, and deliver. And the owners paying profit-making electric companies a few bucks to charge their car are saving a lot of money compared to filling a gas tank.
      steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      WOW a whoping 2.0 for only around 40,000 bucks. Yes sir sign me up. Ya gotta be sh-ting me. It would take the average guy ten years or more just to pay it off.
      vietnamvet1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      All of the Hondas Look Alike
      Mami
      • 2 Years Ago
      So which pollutes less, the PHEV Accord or the Volt?
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mami
        and even after the Volt gas engine comes on, it has a low emissions head start that will take the Honda a while to make up.
          Mami
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Thanks for your insight Joe.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mami
        That's a very complicated question. Based on the driving habits really. The Volt has more EV range, but worse mpg when on gasoline. And probably a little worse efficiency in EV mode too. So if the driver is driving more miles in between plug ins than the Honda, but less than the Volt... That is the sweet spot which the Volt has the advantage. And I think most commutes favor that sweet spot too.
      James Katt
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is an UGLY car. I would be ashamed to drive it. Since it has such a small engine, why can't Honda design a sportier looking car?
        danwat1234
        • 10 Months Ago
        @James Katt
        The car is completely electrically driven until at 44MPH or faster (series hybrid mode). It goes 0-60 quicker than 8 seconds.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this another car that you can't go across town without a charge? What about all of the people that park their cars an the street because they do not have a garage. Do they make extra long plug in devices? Havwe the engineers thought about any of this? It appears not.
        vietnamvet1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John
        The Honda Corp has, EVERY Car comes with a 250 ft Extention Cord
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John
        Maybe people are a little smarter than you, John, and will not buy this particular model if they don't have a place to charge it. Do you think about that? It appears not.
      BOBBY
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Japanese auto makes have lost their edge. Toyota is a joke, all those recalls, they have been marketing the Camry as a sporty car, says and old fat guy on the commercial. I driven tons of rental Camrys and Corollas they have the worse automatic since the GM powerslides. Nissan Altima drives better but the cheap interior I have not seen one without broken parts. The Maxim, juke, rogue, new pathfinder and others are just plain ugly.
      wongtpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buy American!
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda's finally got around to producing an atkinson cycle engine? that explains why they have actually decent gasoline MPG numbers here. Why they haven't put an atkinson cycle engine into the Civic hybrid and Insight is beyond me. They could have been outselling the Prius by now, unless there is some sort of patent encumbrance standing in their way ( doesn't seem to effect Ford..? )
        danwat1234
        • 10 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It's probably because of patents that other Honda cars and the Volt/ELR doesn't have an Atkinson cycle engine yet.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Maybe GM will get around to using an Atkinson engine as well.
      BAC ART PIPES
      • 2 Years Ago
      . It's pretty complicated, the way the powertrain works, but we describe it here. -124 MPGe (miles per gallon How more complicated can be? Only from HYBRID and Honda.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised the Volt and plug-in Prius don't meet the standard.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        The Volt has rather bad emissions ( similiar to any other car ) when in gasoline mode. The plug in Prius does suprise me though. But Honda has always been ahead of the game in terms of emissions. Always seem to be the first one to meet a new standard before it's required. Remember the Honda CVCC engine?
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Josie: we're talking about when it runs on gas. You could call a Karma a ATPZEV too, i bet, if you're running it mainly on electrons, but that's misleading. Do a google search for 'chevy volt vs subaru wrx emissions' and you'll find out what i'm talking about. And no, other plugins would be around without Chevy. GM did not invent some novel technology that nobody had thought of before. You have obviously not paid attention to electric/hybrid history at all.
          throwback
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          I remember the CVCC well, for a time (2 yrs?) it was the only car to meet the emisions standard without a Cat converter. I still see those Civics running around, usually with the bottom half of the car rusted out.
          oollyoumn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          @2WM Come on, Josie is clearly a idiot. Give em a break
          Josie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Menacing and Wrong. The Volt is a SULEV. In fact it is an ATPZEV, which is more stringent. http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/carpool/carpool.htm. The Volt is the original and leading car in this segment, and you can bet there would not be a plug-in Ford, Toyota or Honda, if GM didn't go first.
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