Honda e 2020: what you need to know
Say hello to the Honda e – the Japanese company’s first dedicated all-electric model. It gets a range of 125 miles, along with some seriously impressive in-car tech. Here’s what you need to know.
Shown in prototype form above, the high-power, high-torque motor was engineered to deliver a fun and effortless driving experience in urban environments while the rear-wheel-drive platform and advanced Honda electric vehicle technology assure exceptional driving characteristics.
With the battery located low under the vehicle floor, the car's centre of gravity is approximately 50cm from the ground. With wide yet compact size and short overhangs at the front and rear and a 50:50 weight distribution, the Honda e delivers an optimal balance of stability and handling performance.
Delivering up to 148hp (110 kW) and impressive torque in excess of 300Nm, the 35.5kWh battery in the Honda e is one of the most compact in its class. This contributes to an exceptional balance of low weight, fast-charging capability (80% in 30 minutes) and a range of over 124 miles, perfect for everyday urban commuting.
Similar to the Nissan Leaf, the Honda e will also offer Single Pedal Control. When the accelerator pedal is depressed the car will accelerate as normal, and when it is released, automatic regenerative braking will occur and slow the car. This helps improve driving efficiency in urban environments.
Honda has confirmed that the side-camera mirror system on its new electric vehicle will be available as standard when the car enters production. While the Audi e-tron SUV was the first to market with the technology, this will be a first in the compact segment.
The side-camera mirror system replaces conventional side-view mirrors with compact cameras, providing live images to two 6in screens at either end of the dashboard.
Helping the car to retain a modern, clean and simple design, as well as complement the stepless A-pillars and flush ‘pop out’ door handles, these compact cameras reduce aerodynamic drag by around 90% compared to conventional door mirrors.
The Honda e Prototype has been developed with a focus on functionality and purpose, featuring simplicity of design while retaining the unique character which made the concept a hit.
The smooth body contours lead from the bonnet to the panoramic windscreen to create a continuous surface up and over the front passengers. The A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass to help deliver a quiet and refined journey.
The car’s advanced charging port is integrated centrally in the bonnet for ease of use from either side of the car, with LED lighting visible through the glass cover to welcome the driver and inform of the battery charging status.
Stand-out style elements, which accentuate the clean profile, include flush ‘pop out’ door handles and compact cameras replacing traditional side-view mirrors. Both the door handles and Camera Mirror System are unique features for a vehicle in this class.
On the inside, the Honda e Prototype offers a comfortable and classy interior with a lounge-like feel. This is achieved via sofa-style fabric, wood-effect dashboard finishing and other tactile materials often found in contemporary homes.
With its relatively minimalist design, five screens span the dashboard with the central three displaying infotainment, battery information and a driver’s display.
There’s an extra screen on either side to keep occupants engaged with their connected lifestyles. The intuitive and customisable display features a range of intelligent applications and services which are likely to be used for camera displays, which may include the replacement of traditional door mirrors.
Featuring a water-cooled 35.5kWh lithium-ion high-capacity battery, the Honda e gets a dedicated compact electric platform, which has been designed to offer 50:50 weight distribution.
On the road, the rear-wheel-drive platform and wide stance deliver dynamic driving characteristics focused on delivering a fun and emotive experience for next-generation small-car performance.
The production version of the Honda e will be unveiled later this year and customers can currently place an £800 refundable reservation to obtain priority status to order it. First deliveries of the vehicle are expected from Spring 2020.