The Honda e All-Electric Car

honda e electric car

Honda’s First BEV. Insanely Cute And Developed For Urban Driving!


The all-electric Honda e-prototype car from the Japanese automotive manufacturer, is based on the Honda Urban EV concept.  The Urban EV concept made its debut at the 2017 International Motor Show, in Germany. It is Honda’s first mass-market all-electric car.  Honda is ramping up its commitment to electrification with all new Honda’s in Europe to be electrified by 2025. 

honda e electric car
The All-Electric Honda e (credit: Honda)
  • Positioned primarily for driving in urban environments, with a range that is appropriate for shorter commutes. Honda is targeting urban commuter that drive up to 30 miles a day.
  • Built on a dedicated platform, with rear-wheel drive.  A smaller lithium-ion EV battery pack (35.5 kWh) to keep weight down. The battery is liquid-cooled to maximise performance in all weather conditions.
  • The Honda e has two driving modes: Normal and Sport. The Sport mode is for a more responsiveness drive.
  • A unique full-width digital dashboard with five displays. Two central 12.3″ touchscreens with information access for both driver and passenger.
  • The battery has a 8 year warranty or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first). The company guarantees a minimum state of charge of 70% during the warranty period.
  • The production Honda e is expected to be very similar to the prototype Honda e. Full production version will be unveiled in late 2019 and deliveries will commence 2020.  The pure electric car is being built in Japan and will only be available as a five-door.
  • The BEV comes in two variations, the Honda e and the Honda e Advance. Prices start from £26,660 for the Honda e, and £29,160 for the Honda e Advance. The green car qualifies for the UK government plug-in car grant.
  • Won the WhatCar? 2019 Reader Award.
Honda e all electric car
The Honda e All Electric Prototype (credit: Honda)

Battery And Range 


  • Battery capacity: 35.5 kWh
  • Battery type: lithium-ion
  • Range (WLTP): 137 miles
  • Capable of rapid charging (can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes)

Power & Performance


  • 0-62 mph: 9 sec 
  • Top speed: 90 mph
  • Brake horsepower: up to 152 bhp
  • Torque: 315 Nm

Pros 


  • ‘Retro’ design and styling well positioned to ‘win hearts’. 
  • Appealing characteristics for city driving: easy to drive and park (impressive turning radius).
  • Packed with technology: side view mirrors replaced with cameras (similar to the Audi e-tron all-electric SUV) and extensive 12.3-inch dual touchscreens. 

Cons


  • Though more affordable than a Tesla Model 3, not as competitive as the all-electric Mini (£24,400).
  • Supply of the production Honda e will be limited in 2020. 
Honda e pure electric car
The Honda e Pure Electric Car (credit: Honda)

e-zoomed View 


Honda is correct in their assertion, that not every EV has to have a long range.  The research by Honda suggests that urban drivers travel up to 30 miles a day.  This is not the first time a major automotive company has made this claim. In fact, the average trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles.  We at e-zoomed, have all along been vocal about the myth of ‘range anxiety’.  EV’s with sub 150 miles range are very suitable for city or urban driving.  

However, despite the strong interest and the very positive initial reviews, our concern remains the price.  Electric driving needs to become affordable for mass-market adoption.


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Author

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 the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar 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 AMIH, 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 is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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