It's small, nimble, quick, fun and easy to drive with quite a unique dashboard layout.
The Japanese EV is equipped with a 110 kW electric motor, which delivers more than 300 Nm of torque.
"The new Honda e has been engineered to deliver an exceptional driving experience in urban environments. With an outstanding blend of highly responsive dynamics, efficiency and performance, Honda’s next-generation electric vehicle will bring unrivalled fun-to-drive characteristics and usability to the compact electric car segment."
Combined with rear-wheel drive, low center of gravity, four-wheel independent McPherson Strut suspension and Single Pedal Control (to full stop), as well as an ultra-tight turning circle (the turning radius is approximately 4.3 meters), the Honda e sounds like a dream city car.
Fully Charged's Robert Llewellyn, who had the opportunity to test the Honda e, highly appreciated the maneuverability and simplicity of the driving experience. Moreover, the cameras and displays instead of side rearview mirrors, at least in test conditions (sunny weather), performed great.
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Honda e First Drive | Fully Charged
When Robert Llewellyn was given an early test drive of a Honda e electric car in Frankfurt, Germany, he jumped at the chance. The only drawback, very very limited time in the car. In fact he had 19 minutes to shoot everything.
All that aside, he loved his first drive of the car. And the final official price? No one, seriously, no one outside Honda knows.
But check out the excellent camera wing mirrors and the almost comical Honda e turning circle!
Some say that the Honda e is kind of a compliance car from Honda, but the more we know about it, the more we like it. Some might even say that it's the best subcompact all-electric car since the BMW i3.
Honda e Prototype specs:
- over 200 km (125 miles) of range in an undisclosed test cycle
- 35.5 kWh battery (liquid cooled)
- battery cells supplied by Panasonic
- rear-wheel drive
- electric motor: 110 kW (150 PS) of power and over 300 Nm of torque
- fast charging (CCS Combo 2) to 80% in 30 minutes
Gallery: 2020 Honda E prototype
HONDA E: THE PERFECT BALANCE OF EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE FOR URBAN COMMUTING
- Honda e sets new standard for zero emissions urban motoring
- High-power, high-torque motor delivers a fun and effortless driving experience
- Rear-wheel-drive platform and advanced Honda electric vehicle technology assures exceptional driving characteristics
- Reservations for priority ordering are now open in select markets
The new Honda e has been engineered to deliver an exceptional driving experience in urban environments. With an outstanding blend of highly responsive dynamics, efficiency and performance, Honda’s next-generation electric vehicle will bring unrivalled fun-to-drive characteristics and usability to the compact electric car segment.
The Honda e, is equipped with a high-power electric motor delivering up to approximately 150PS (110 kW) and impressive torque in excess of 300Nm. The 35.5kWh battery in the Honda e is one of the most compact in its class, contributing to an exceptional balance of low weight, fast-charging capability of 80% in 30 minutes, and a range of over 200km, perfect for every day urban commuting.
Honda engineers paid special attention to enhancing the driving dynamics to deliver a fun and engaging experience. With the battery located low under the vehicle floor, the car's centre of gravity is approximately 50cm from the ground. With a 50:50 weight distribution, wide yet compact size and short overhangs at the front and rear, the Honda e delivers an optimal balance of stability and handling performance to the compact electric car segment.
To help deliver a sporty character, power is delivered through the rear wheels, which also enables a greater steering articulation for the front wheels. As a result, the turning radius is approximately 4.3 metres, ensuring the Honda e is exceptionally manoeuvrable in small city streets.
The low centre of gravity and planted stature of the Honda e allows body roll to be managed without stiffly-sprung suspension, delivering outstanding handling through fast lane changes. Honda engineers benchmarked the ride quality of the car against larger segment cars, utilising a four-wheel independent McPherson Strut design to ensure a comfortable and refined ride for occupants.
The Honda e will also offer Single Pedal Control, enabling the driver to accelerate and slow the car using only the accelerator pedal. When the accelerator pedal is depressed the car will accelerate as normal; when it is released, automatic regenerative braking will occur, and will slow the car. The Single Pedal Control improves driving efficiency in urban environments and reduces the need to use multiple pedals, making the drive more engaging, exciting and seamless with maximum control for the driver.
High-strength materials used in the skeletal structure contribute to structural rigidity while also reducing weight. This lightweight chassis provides the ideal platform from which to fine tune suspension and steering settings for a dynamic driving experience. The Honda e’s dynamic characteristics can be further enhanced by 'Sport Mode', which boosts performance through faster acceleration response.
The Honda e is designed to meet the needs of the modern lifestyle. It achieves a unique combination of standout design, advanced functionality and sporty driving dynamics, to create the perfect vehicle for the urban environment.
Honda’s new compact electric car forms part of the brand’s strategy to feature electrified powertrains in all cars it sells in Europe by 2025.
The production version of the Honda e will be unveiled later this year and customers can make a reservation for priority ordering online in UK, Germany, France and Norway or register their interest in other European markets on the Honda national websites.