The 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord (pictured) has become the first vehicle to meet stringent new smog emission standards issued by the California Air Resources Board.
Producing only 20milligrams of NMOG+NOx per mile, the Honda is the first to meet the LEV3/SULEV20 standard.
Its focus has not only been on smog emissions however, as it also has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the average standard required by cars in 2025: this is effectively a 50 per cent reduction compared to current levels.
Tom Cackette, who is the deputy executive officer and head of mobile source program for the California Air Resources Board, commented that Honda has a history of being the first manufacturer to meet numerous standards.
For example, in 1995 and 1996 the Honda Civic became the first to meet the Low Emission Vehicle standard. It was followed in 1997 by the 1998 Accord meeting the ultra-low emission vehicle standard. Then in 1999, the 2000 Accord met the Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle standard. Indeed the list goes on and includes the 2001 Honda Civic GX meeting the Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle standard ahead of any other vehicle.
As for the Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord itself, it is capable of 124mpge city and 105mpge highway in hybrid mode.
Meanwhile, it is hoped that the smog standards, when fully in force during 2025, could reduce smog-causing pollutants from low emission vehicles by 75 per cent compared to current levels; while also reducing greenhouse gases by 34 per cent.