The All-Electric Honda e:Ny1 SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Honda e:Ny1
Price: £44,995
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 68.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 256 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Honda Motor Company is a leading global manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Honda is the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. The company is also the 7th largest automotive manufacturer in the world, with an annual production of over 5.2 million vehicles. Honda has won strong loyalty from its customers, given the reliability of its cars. Models like the Honda Civic and the Honda CR-V crossover have helped establish the company enviable reputation for reliability.

Honda is strongly committed to the development and manufacturer of plug-in electric vehicles, and has an ambition to achieve two-thirds of its global sales from zero-tailpipe emission electric vehicles. The company is also committed to further developments in EV battery technology and also fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Honda is not new to electric cars and its previous EVs include, the Clarity Electric, MC-B electric, Fit EV and Fit EV-Plus. The company currently has the following portfolio of electric vehicles (EVs):



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The All-Electric Honda e:Ny1 SUV


It has taken sometime for the Japanese automotive manufacturer to introduce its second battery-electric vehicle (BEV), the Honda e:NY1 SUV. The e:NY1 is also its first fully-electric SUV. The e:NY1 SUV (B-segment) has much in common with the Honda HR-V, with both using the e:N Architecture F platform (the ‘F’ stands for front-motor-driven platform). It seems the genesis of the nameplate of the small e-SUV is partly linked to the platform i.e. the ‘e:N’.

Honda had been explicit with its target audience for the compact electric SUV, targeting ‘younger buyers’. However, the price tag would suggest otherwise. Affordability is a key component in the decision making process of most buyers, in particular, a younger demographic group. In fact, one of the criticisms levied against the all-electric Honda e, has been the lack of affordability.

In 2023, we have witnessed the introduction of a plethora of affordable electric cars, with even well established EV manufacturers like, Tesla, lowering prices. We do believe that Honda will need to work harder at offering a more compelling ‘value proposition’, if indeed, the company is to gain greater market share of a younger demographic segment! Though comparing the very affordable all-electric Citroën Ami is not a ‘like-for-like’ comparison with the e:NY1, the electric Ami is a good example of affordability targeted at a younger buyer segment. The EV is priced below £10,000!

It is good to note the increase in EV battery size for the latest Honda electric crossover. The smaller (35.5 kWh) for the Honda-e hatchback restricted the broader appeal for the EV, given its limited range (137 miles). However, it seems Honda has taken some lessons from its first electric car, even though, like the Honda-e, the e:NY1 caters primarily for the urban driver.

The all-electric e:NY1 SUV has a substantially larger onboard EV battery size (68.8 kWh), with an improved electric range. Honda claims up to 256 miles (WLTP) on a full charge. Certainly an improvement, but not class-leading. Of course, the claimed range needs to be adjusted for real-world driving conditions. Expect a zero-tailpipe emission e-range up to 210 miles on a full charge.

By way of comparison, the all-electric Toyota bZ4X SUV is priced at the same level as the e:NY1 SUV, however, the bZ4X SUV has a 71.4 kWh onboard EV battery with a claimed range up to 317 miles. A realistic e-range for the bZ4X SUV will be closer to 270 miles. Significantly more than the e:NY1 SUV. Honda offers up to 8 years or 100,000 miles EV battery warranty. Similar to what other automotive manufacturers are currently offering.

The Honda e:NY1 has improved AC and DC charging capability, compared to the Honda-e. The e:NY1 offers three-phase (11 kW) AC onboard charging and 78 kW DC charging, as standard. Though an improvement, it is far from class-leading. We are now witnessing most recent pure electric cars offering DC charging over 100 kW DC and in some cases up to 350 kW DC. As an example, the all-Electric Genesis GV60 offers up to 350 kW DC charging as standard. According to Honda, the e:NY1 can gain 60 miles in just 11 minutes at 78 kW DC charging.

Though it is better to have a three-phase (11 kW) AC onboard charger compared to a single-phase (7 kW) AC onboard charger, given that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, only those with access to three-phase power supply will be able to take advantage of the 11 kW AC onboard charger. The charging port is located behind a panel in the front grille.

The BEV can be fully charged 10%-80% in 6 hours using a three-phase EV charger like myenergi zappi. Single-phase EV charging will take longer (up to 9 hours). We encourage EV owners to install on-site renewable energy generation and battery storage. It is an excellent approach to mitigate against energy price inflation and also to achieve zero well-to-wheel tailpipe emissions.

In terms of performance, the front-wheel drive (FWD) Honda electric SUV can deliver 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed up to 99 mph (max power: 204 PS/ torque: 310 Nm). There are three driving modes: Sport, Normal and Econ Drive. To increase electric range, the Econ Drive mode is the best option. In this mode the EV prioritises energy efficiency by adjusting air conditioning, heated seats and the heated steering wheel.

The EV offers a 15.1-inch centre touchscreen and a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel. It also incorporates compatibility with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Wireless charging also comes as standard. The e-SUV also offers the Honda SENSING suite of active safety technologies, along with camera and sonar technology, to include: road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist system, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition system, adaptive cruise control, driver attention monitor and more. The model has yet to be tested for safety by Euro NCAP.

On certain grades, Honda offers the Parking Pilot, that recognises a parking spot, controls the steering, brakes and accelerator to park the EV.

The five-door e:NY1 EV has a practical interior, despite the impact of the sloping roofline. For taller adults seated at the rear, headroom is limited. However, legroom is ample! The boot space is up to 361 L. The panoramic glass sunroof does not come as standard.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax rate for battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet! You can lease electric cars via e-zoomed at very competitive rates!



PROS CONS
Decent electric range Expensive
3-phase (11 kW) AC onboard charger as standardDC charging limited to 78 kW DC
A good level of onboard technology Not class-leading

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The All-Electric Honda e:Ny1 (credit: Honda)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

£ Variants (2 Options)
Honda e:Ny1 Elegance (from £44,995)
Honda e:Ny1 Advance (from £47,195)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 68.8 kWh
Charging:78 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-80%: 6 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

£ Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1584
Width (mm):1790
Length (mm):4387
Wheelbase (mm):2607
Turning Circle (m):11.6
Boot Space (L):344 – 361

Honda e:Ny1
EV Battery Capacity:68.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):256 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):18.2 kWh
Charging: 78 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-80%: 6 hrs)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:7.6 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):150
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm): 310
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,730-1,752
Colours:5
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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