This is the Honda e, the new electric car from Tokyo. It has a single 113 kW motor in this Advance version, or around 152hp and 315 Nm of torque. The price for this top-spec version is 40,000 euros.
Honda e is based on a pure EV Platform and the motor and transmission units are located on the rear axle. The charging socket, on the other hand, that’s installed at the front of the car in the middle of the bonnet. The weight, unladen, in this version called Advance with 17-inch rims, is just over 1500 kilograms.
It looks like something straight out of a science fiction film from the 1970s or 1980s. In fact, it's even more reminiscent of the past. The design is inspired by the Honda's older city cars, like the N360 or the first generation Civic.
It has plenty of charm, with these clean but marked lines, very small overhangs. The external cover of tempered glass over the charging sockets, the retractable handles for example, the glass, also at the rear and cameras instead of mirrors that are stylistically well integrated.
What I like - What I don’t like
Look at what a born electric machine looks like. The central tunnel? Well, there isn’t one, it’s empty in the middle. And there are also sockets to plug your gaming console in - there's an HDMI for video and audio signal, as well as a 220V outlet for power.
The infotainment is excellent: it's fast, usable like the middle ground between a tablet and a smartphone. The effect of the combined screens is really nice, you can have a fish tank or cherry blossoms. And the dual screens that you can manage as a driver or passenger. It's fast, intuitive, and then there are also the physical keys to help.
These wooden inserts are of high quality, nice. But the whole environment is - it's very high tech, but also clean, with a desire for ecology. Mirrors? No, cameras. And the layout is perfect, as is the adjustment. Okay, it's a nice, funny and futuristic city car.
But...wait! It's also fun to drive. Rear-wheel drive, little weight on the scales and progressive but very communicative steering. Thanks to the short wheelbase and 315 Nm of immediate torque, it also is great through the corners. Nice suspension damping, a little less driving position, adjustable but not too much.