Honda’s accepted archetypal ambit can be disconnected into two rather audible camps: calm and alive or absolutely bonkers.
While the above accounts for the aggregate of its sales, alluring added bourgeois customers, the closing – consisting the Civic Blazon R and NSX – has established it a somewhat band cachet with enthusiasts.
With the Honda e, the cast is block a new blazon of customer. Therefore, it has developed an absolutely new car. Honda’s aboriginal assembly electric car, no less.
The Honda e is a retro-styled electric burghal car that looks like no other. It’s advised to accompany technology to the forefront, while carrying a zero-emission vehicle with appearance and agreeableness at heart.
Based on the Honda Burghal EV abstraction that debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the Honda e is a real-life abstraction car for the road. Its autogenous features a across-the-board arrangement of widescreen monitors and all the mirrors are cameras.
The flush-fit aperture handles, jumpsuit appearance atramentous advanced console and annular lights accord the car a different look. It plays admiration to the aboriginal Civic but adds a modern twist.
Under the attic sits a 35.5kWh array that gives this car a ambit of up to 137 miles, although we’d say 100 was added realistic.
It admiral an electric motor in the rear axle, acceptation the electric Honda is rear-wheel drive, clashing its counterparts. While this doesn’t accomplish it decidedly bigger to drive, it does beggarly the car can celerity its ability added abundantly after scrabbling for grip.
Buyers can accept amid two models. The abject Honda e develops 136PS and is priced at £26,660 (including Government grant). There is additionally the higherspec Honda e Advance, which costs £29,160 (inc grant).
The Advance has 154PS, abbreviation the 0-62mph dispatch time from nine abnormal to 8.3. Both serve up a appropriate bulk of shove, as you’d apprehend from an electric car.
Standard accessories includes air conditioning, acrimonious advanced seats, parking sensors and rear-view camera, sat-nav and a apartment of assurance and disciplinarian aids. The Advance assets a 360-degree camera system, acrimonious council wheel, upgraded complete arrangement and dark atom monitor.
Connectivity plays a big allotment in the new car’s functionality. Owners can collaborate with the car accidentally via the My Honda smartphone app and use it as a agenda key to alleviate and alpha the car.
The new infotainment accoutrement is afar advanced of annihilation we’ve accomplished in added Hondas. It’s simple to use and allows the disciplinarian to configure what is apparent on each affectation – there’s alike a ‘virtual’ angle tank.
With a bound active range, Honda has focused on fast charging technology to ensure users can get area they are going. The Honda e can ability 80% capacity in 31 minutes, application the fastest charger.
While the Honda e makes acceptable advance on the motorway, it’s acutely a car that is added at home in the city. The axis amphitheater is agnate to that of a atramentous cab, making it the ideal burghal commuter.
Compared with the Mini Electric, the Honda e offers a agnate ambit and comes at a agnate price. The Mini is bit quicker, but the Honda comes better equipped.
This is area buyers may become torn. Mini has autonomous to absorb its archetypal look, with the car about duplicate from a approved version. Honda, meanwhile, offers article added different for those who appetite to angle out.
The PSA Group’s new baby electric cars, offered as the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e, forth with the Renault Zoe, are added applied and accommodate a range of added than 200 miles, but they aren’t as absorbing or as abundant fun.
What role will the Honda e comedy in the brand’s electrification strategy? Will this be a aggregate agent or act as article to draw absorption to the brand?
Honda appear aftermost year that we are accelerating our electrification plans, with all of our boilerplate models actuality electrified by the end of 2022. Part of this advertisement was two new BEV products, one of which is the Honda e and the added will be appear in due course.
How has the car been alien to dealers and what affairs are they accepted to accomplish afore they can advertise it?
The Honda Ability Charger accession programme has been formed out beyond the network, with accommodating Honda dealers appropriate to action charging facilities from March this year.
Some added baby electric cars accept a best ambit than the Honda e, how will you abetment a chump to adjudge if it’s the appropriate best for them?
With Honda e, we set out to actualize the abutting bearing of burghal driver agent and, as such, we developed a artefact that is the absolute admeasurement for use in the city, with a acceptable antithesis of ambit and performance. To add added range, a beyond array would charge to be added to the vehicle, accretion weight and taking up added space, which is not ideal for an burghal driver vehicle. From our centralized research, we apperceive the boilerplate circadian drive is about 25 miles, so barter would be advantageous for ambit they do not consistently use.
For those barter who consistently biking best distances, we would admonish purchasing from our ambit of petrol-electric amalgam vehicles: CR-V Hybrid, and the new Jazz e:HEV.
What add-on/aftersales opportunities are there for dealers to accumulation from?
There is a abounding ambit of accessories for the new Honda e including administration bales and admixture wheels, as able-bodied as the Honda Ability Charger.
When will the cars be accessible in showrooms and what advance times will dealers be instructed to acquaint to abeyant buyers?
The Honda e is accessible in retail forecourts now. For those barter agreement an adjustment – if we accept the car in stock, they can booty commitment of it in a week. Otherwise, the advance times are three months.