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Trying to make up some of the ground it lost to competitors in the advanced-powertrain field last year, Honda has officially started sales of its 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHEV).

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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.

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Nothing like dollars and cents to drive some good ol' patriotism, even if it's from overseas.

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The most interesting numbers for the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid – official EPA fuel economy numbers and miles per gallon equivalent – are not yet available, but we did get a few more details on the corded version of Honda's mass-market sedan that should pique people's interests. Specifically, that the 6.7-kWh battery pack offers somewhere between 10 and 15 miles of all-electric range and can recharge in under an hour from a Level 2 charger, less than three hours from a 120-volt

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Following in Ford's and Chevy's footsteps, Honda today announced a partnership with the car-sharing service Zipcar. The cars that will be added to the use-em-when-you-need-em fleet are going to be Honda's "latest advanced technology vehicles," which in this case means the Insight hybrid, the Fit EV (starting this fall), the Accord Plug-In Hybrid (in early 2013) and the new CR-V. Zipcar's technical name is that Honda is a "preferred vehicle manufacturer" and Honda sees the deal as a way for "urba

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Honda Accord plug-in hybrid demonstrator – Click above for high-res image gallery

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