Honda has already conquered the hybrid market, with exciting additions to the auto world including Insight and the all new CR-Z Sport Hybrid. So, what does the Japanese auto maker take on next? How about All-Electric. Honda Motors has announced the launch of its Electric Vehicle Demonstration Program. Japan's auto maker has already begun testing of their Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid in Southern California.
Honda previously revealed the plug-in platform at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, where they showed off a next-generation two-motor hybrid system. Designed for mid-size to larger vehicles, the new hybrid motors will be introduced in future (2012) Honda models.
The plug-in hybrid is "intended to be compatible with ones daily driving habits," according to the company. "The user will get the advantage of taking short, frequent trips in its all-electric mode, while also utilizing the long-distance driving capabilities when needed."
Honda's two-motor system flows consistently through three modes: all-electric, gasoline-electric and engine direct-drive mode. This maximizes driving efficiency. Honda's plug-in also uses regenerative braking to charge the battery.
In all-electric mode, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid uses a 6kWh lithium-ion battery and a 120 kW electric motor, to achieve a range of about 10 - 15 miles in city driving, with a top speed of 62 mph. Honda's battery can be fully recharged in 3 to 4 hours, using a 120-volt outlet, and 1 to 1.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet.