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Honda looks to conquer all rivals with the Accord Hybrid

We reported in June that Honda was forecasting fuel economy numbers of 49/45/47 (city/highway/combined) for its upcoming 2014 Accord Hybrid. Well, it turns out that after further testing, the city number has been nudged up just a tad to an even 50 mpg according to TOV.
Even with the 50 mpg city rating, the vehicle will still have a combined fuel efficiency rating of 47 mpg, which is impressive in its own right. The Accord Hybrid easily beats the ratings of the other midsize hybrids and diesels on the market, and matches the combined rating of the Ford Fusion Hybrid (although the Fusion Hybrid, like its disgraced C-Max sibling, has encountered trouble meeting its EPA numbers).

The Accord Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter gasoline engine (141 hp), 124 kW electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack. The on-sale date for the vehicle is scheduled for October of this year.

Source: Temple of VTEC

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RE: versus diesel
By Monkey's Uncle on 8/22/2013 6:57:18 PM , Rating: 2
Your calculations break when you consider the cracking process used for oil refining. Refining a barrel of crude produces not only low viscosity products like gasoline, but also products like diesel, naphtha, base motor oil, gear oil, grease and tar. It all comes from the same barrel of oil - Nothing is wasted.

Keeping this in mind the percentage a barrel of crude that will crack into gasoline is about 35-42% depending on the type of crude (lets call it 38% average). Light crude will produce the highest percentage of gas while heavy crude produces the lowest. Diesel and its close cousin Heating oil make up 23% of that same average barrel of crude. Between the two we have refined 61% of a barrel of crude into motor fuels. The rest goes into kerosene and other heavy viscosity products.

Of course after the cracking process the fuels will go into further refinement to break them down into grades, filter out things like Sulfur and to mix in additives like ethanol.

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