Honda Accord Hybrid debuts in Thailand; India re-entry late 2015
Honda Accord Hybrid is launched in Thailand in two variants – base Hybrid and high spec Hybrid Tech. Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system works with a combination of 2.0 litre i-VTEC 4 cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine producing 143 PS @ 6,200 rpm and 165 Nm @ 4,500 rpm and two electric motors.
One motor is used to power the wheels while other is used for generation of electricity. Fueling the motor is a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. The two electric motors work together as an e-CVT Transmission, not the same but similar to a Continuously Varying Transmission unit. Driving motor specification is 166 hp max. power and 307 Nm peak torque, max. speed is 12,584 rpm.
Accord Hybrid is capable of deciding for itself whether it should run directly by i-VTEC engine or by electric motor upon continuous evaluation of driving situation and condition. Based on decision it takes, a clutch mechanism is actuated to change power source of wheels. Thus, the engine is capable of driving the wheels directly, or otherwise run the generator motor which recharges the battery as well as supplies power to driving motor.
So, there are three driving modes in Honda Accord Hybrid. First case is the Li-ion battery powering a motor to drive the wheels, second – i-VTEC engine runs generator motor which supplies current to run the traction motor and third – 2.0 litre petrol engine directly driving the Accord. Last option is inevitable while exceeding speed of 100 kmph.
Price of baseline Accord Hybrid is 1,659,000 baht (Rs. 30,55,676 approx.), while Accord Hybrid Tech costs 1,899,000 baht (Rs. 34,97,727 approx.). Non-hybrid 2.4 litre engine powered Honda Accord is priced in Thailand at 1,549,000 baht (Rs. 28,52,591 approx.) for low-end variant, while top of line Accord Tech carries price tag of 1,799,000 baht (Rs. 33,12,706 approx.).