As the corporate revealed final week, the Honda E can be out there in Europe (and never the US, I’m sorry to say) with a 137-mile vary, making it extra of a metropolis runabout than a freeway cruiser. That’s right down to a smallish 35.5 kWh battery, making it extra aggressive with EVs just like the Renault Zoe than the Tesla Model 3. The Honda E helps chargers as much as about 75 kW (Honda did not say precisely how a lot) that can allow you to cost from 10 to 80 p.c in about 30 minutes.
For city and suburban use, it ought to be a kick to drive. The Honda E’s electric motor delivers as much as 152 horsepower and 232 foot-pounds of torque, which means it ought to speed up like a demon given the EV’s small dimension. If you are wanting extra for economic system, it will additionally are available a less expensive 134 horsepower taste that can nonetheless be comparatively fast.
Inside, the E can be a futuristic car, as Honda has managed to retain a lot of the enjoyable stuff from the unique idea. Rather than aspect mirrors, it is going to have a digicam mirror system with two six-inch screens mounted (legally for the US) on the excessive left and proper aspect of the EV. That’s a primary “in the compact segment,” Honda mentioned in a press launch, and provides the car smoother traces, higher aerodynamics and an improved driver subject of view.
Other options carried over from the idea embody the flush pop-out door handles and a five-screen, full-width digital sprint. That contains twin 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens within the entrance that act as main infotainment shows. It’s additionally geared up with Honda’s Personal Assistant that can allow you to management sure features by saying “OK Honda.” You’ll additionally get the My Honda+ smartphone software, with options like charging level navigation, distant local weather management and car situation experiences.
Now for the rub. The Honda E will value £26,160 within the UK for the 134 horsepower model, rising to
£28,660 for the extra highly effective mannequin. (It’ll even be out there on finance ranging from £299 monthly.) That interprets to a beginning value of about $32,000, or $35,500 for the high-end mannequin. By means of comparability, the Renault Zoe prices about the identical £26,000, however comes with a a lot bigger 52 kWh battery and 182 mile vary. The Nissan Leaf, in the meantime, is £36,000 with a 62 kWh batteyr.
Honda is demanding a little bit of a premium for what is basically a metropolis runabout, given the battery dimension. It’s little question hoping that the consumers can be drawn to the lovable styling and futuristic tech, however there is a cause that each Renault and Nissan elevated battery life over the previous few years. Still, there is a ton of public curiosity on this car, so lots of people can be very excited by the way it sells when it orders open in early 2020. The Honda E will begin to ship later in summer season 2020.