The Honda E Will Be The Cutest Electric City Car You Can Buy
Here it is the Honda E in final production form factor and it looks more or less unchanged from the concept Honda previewed earlier in the year. This is strictly a city car, or a short-range pure electric car for city folks. It is pure Honda, part retro in appearance yet suitably modern. The Honda E is the next step towards Honda’s commitment to making 100% of its European car sales electrified by 2025 and is set to make its official public debut at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Honda E is equipped with an electric motor available with two power outputs of 100 kW (134bhp)* or 113kW (152), and impressive torque of 315Nm. The 35.5kWh battery is one of the most compact in its class, Honda claims it can deliver a range of up to 220km from a single charge. Fast-charging capability also allows recharge to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
On the road, the electric motor which is mounted on the rear axle delivers power to the rear wheels. The Honda E will reach a claimed 0-62mph in approximately 8 seconds.
The Side Camera Mirror System replaces conventional side-view mirrors. Compact cameras, provide live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle. Honda reckons the camera technology, enhances the styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.
Inside, a next-generation five-screen full-width digital dashboard and connected infotainment system into the full-width of the digital dashboard. Dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens act as the primary infotainment displays, presenting a range of applications and connected infotainment services.
Honda has incorporated its own version of Alexa. AI and machine learning algorithms combine to yield a digital assistant which is activated by a simple voice command “OK Honda”. The technology will learn an individuals’ voice over time, in order to deliver more accurate responses.
So how much will all of this cost? Honda has yet to confirm UK and European prices. Honda executives have said that the Honda E will not be a budget vehicle. Let’s assume it costs £30k – £35 (GBP), that puts it into Tesla Model 3 territory.
Tesla has a far better electric vehicle infrastructure, way better technology. OK we know they have QC issues. But personally speaking, I would put up with a few issues to get behind the wheel of a Tesla. But if you are interested, The Honda E is available to reserve order now with first deliveries expected in Spring 2020.