The Honda e could have a power output of more than 99Bhp and 300 Nm of torque. It will have a driving range of 201 kms and will come with fast charging as well.
Honda has finally revealed the name of their upcoming city EV. Christened as the Honda e, it is based on the Urban EV concept that was showcased at Frankfurt Motor Show last year. It was then showcased at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in near-production form as the Honda e-prototype and it did garner a lot of attention from the world media.
Honda said that the e-prototype was in near-production ready form which means most of fancy styling and interior gadgetry that was seen there will make it to production. The Honda e-prototype was based on a dedicated modular EV architecture and has been designed to be used by the upcoming A- and B-segment electric cars. The batteries are placed under the floor and have been produced by Panasonic.
Although there has been no official word on the technical specifications, Autocar India reports that the Honda e will have a power output of more than 99bhp and 300 Nm of torque. It will have a driving range of 201 kms and will come with fast charging capability, charging itself up to 80% in just 30 mins. However, the Honda e’s competitors – the Kia Niro and the BMW i3 offer greater driving ranges of 453 km and 310 km respectively.
The e-prototype is a rather cool and quirky car. It features cameras instead of wing mirrors to improve aerodynamic efficiency – as is the trend with cars these days – has flush door handles, has a charging port on the bonnet and looks quite like Mr. Bean’s Mini with those round headlamps and retro compact profile.
On the interior, the dashboard is dominated by two large 12.0 inch touchscreens built into the dashboard. There’s minimalistic use of buttons and the dashboard and the center console have been finished in a lovely wood trim. There are two further screens on either side of the dashboard that project the view of the mirrors. Quite cool indeed. The seats are covered in polyester to give the cabin a living room effect and walk through flat floor is other standout feature of the EV.
The Honda e will be built in Japan and will go on sale in selected European markets in late 2019. Honda hasn’t announced any plans of bringing the EV to India yet but it would be interesting to see how the world receives the Honda e