Honda has moved up a gear, in its participation in the UK electric car market, with the launch of the Honda e all-electric car. The model is inspired by the original Honda Civic. Japanese principles of architecture and minimalism have also had an influence on the design and inside space. The EV is capable of 125 miles on a full charge. Customers can reserve the electric car on the Honda UK website with a £800 refundable deposit. The EV is expected to go on sale in early 2020. The automotive manufacturer, Honda, has positioned the zero emission car as ‘perfectly balanced for joyful city commutes, while equally comfortable on weekend journeys’. With fast-charging option, 80% of battery charge can be achieved in just 30 minutes. The EV comes in five bold colour options.
It should come as no surprise that the South Korean manufacturer Kia, has been applauded for its all-electric e-Niro. The company bagged the prestigious Autocar’s “Best Affordable Electric Cars 2019” at the UK’s 2019 Autocar awards. The automotive behemoths commitment to electric vehicles continues unabated. The zero emissions e-Niro comes with a 64 kWh lithium-ion battery back, capable of up to 282 miles on a single charge. The Niro family of cars is not new to low emission vehicles. Other models in the range include self-charging hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV). The e-Niro battery electric vehicle is the latest edition in the family. The crossover start at £32,995 to include the government plug-in car grant of £3,500.
Range anxiety has been a focal point for debates in the UK electric vehicle sector. e-zoomed has maintained that, automotive manufacturers have continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to reducing any concerns over range anxiety. The increased travel range of new electric cars is a case in point. However, leading brands like BMW, VW, Mercedes and Ford are also pushing ahead on the development of charging infrastructure. The four brands are working in an alliance called ‘Ionity’ with matched funding from the European Union.