Fitted with a new 2.0 liter petrol engine combined with an electric motor and 6.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the vehicle has a combined peak output of 147 kW. Power is sent to front wheels via a CVT automatic transmission. Drivers have to option of selecting pure electric mode, hybrid mode or petrol mode as per their own conveniences.
Electric drive can be selected for take offs and while cruising at medium to low speeds while the generator recoups electricity in the case of braking. Hybrid drive, combining both power units, is required for acceleration while the petrol unit comes into effect when travelling at high speeds. To go on sale in Japanese markets from this month, the Honda Accord Hybrid along with the PHEV will be on sale in US markets from October 2013.