Honda Accord PHEV becomes first car to meet California’s new emissions standard

When fully in force in 2025, the new set of regulations is expected to reduce smog-causing pollutants by 75 percent from current levels, and greenhouse gases by 34 percent.

 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord for sale in the state, making it the first car to meet CARB’s new emissions standard. Honda prides itself on being the first manufacturer to comply with California’s strict emission standards, and has a history of doing so that goes back to 1995.

California’s new SULEV20 (Super Ultra-low Emission Vehicle) standard is the most stringent in the nation. When fully in force in 2025, the new set of regulations is expected to reduce smog-causing pollutants by 75 percent from current levels, and greenhouse gases by 34 percent. The new requirements will save California drivers $5 billion in operating costs in 2025.

The 2014 Plug-in Hybrid Accord sedan has earned an EPA rating of 124 MPGe city / 105 MPGe highway in hybrid mode, and 47 MPG city / 46 MPG highway in standard (gas only) mode. It emits only 20 milligrams of smog-forming emissions per mile, and its level of greenhouse gas emissions is lower than the fleet average standard that will be required in 2025, a 50 percent reduction from current required levels.

“Once again, Honda is the first to comply with ARB’s most stringent standard,” said Tom Cackette of CARB. “Honda has demonstrated that a dedicated commitment to the environment and advanced engineering at every level of the company can deliver the cleanest cars well ahead of schedule.”

 

Source: California Air Resources Board