It has come to light that Honda has discontinued manufacture of its sole PHV, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid, in March. It began leasing the model in Japan in June 2013 but sales failed to grow and now it is being discontinued.
The PHV Accord has a two-motor system like its hybrid model and has a combined fuel efficiency of 70.4km/L, as evaluated by the Japanese government’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The price when it began individual leases in 2013 was 5,000,000 yen including tax. Total leases in Japan were 238 and there were a small number of leases overseas.
At a press conference this February, Honda president Takahiro Hachigo announced the company’s plant to introduce a new model in North America in 2018. Development was underway using the same platform as the Clarity Fuel Cell, which was released in March. FCVs and PHVs are both advanced fields that produce little quantity but the idea, according to Hachigo, is to put the two together to reduce costs.
(Translated by Greg Scott)