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.
Taking a bold step with its design and technology, the compact electric car offers trademark Honda driving dynamics aided by the sporty rear-wheel drive format and advanced electric powertrain.
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.
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 continued to build buzz at the Geneva Motor Show, revealing the next stage of development for the car formally known as Urban EV.
The Honda e Prototype has been developed with a focus on functionality and purpose, featuring a 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.
Delivering a blend of efficiency, performance and usability that is perfect for urban environments, the Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 124 miles and a fast charge of 80% in 30 minutes, making it ideal for everyday commuting.