Honda e is based on the Urban EV concept displayed at 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show, carries a retro vibe
Remember the small and compact electric hatchback Urban EV concept from 2018 Frankfurt Motor Show? The retro-looking Honda EV concept has materialized into Honda e, the newest city electric car. When the Japanese brand displayed the near-production Honda e prototype at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it claimed the car is 95% production ready. Now, the name has been confirmed and it appears the model will hit the market soon.
The Honda e is built on a new platform that has been designed for A and B segment electric cars. The batteries for this electric vehicle has been produced by Panasonic. The retro design and appealing modern features of the concept have been continued in the production model as well.
The Honda e specifications are yet to come. It is expected to have a power output of 98 bhp and 300 Nm of torque as well. Honda e could run around 201 km on a single charge. The battery pack will have fast charging technology for sure that will make sure 80% charge is completed in just 30 minutes. Despite being an appealing car, its range is significantly lower than Kia e-Niro and BMW i3 that is capable of running 453 km and 310 km respectively on a fully charged battery.
Coming to the design of the Honda e, it could come with sleek rear view mirrors if not the cameras showcased in concept version. There will be flush door handles and charging port will be located at the centre of bonnet. Inside the cabin, there will be dual 12-inch touchscreens fitted into the dashboard. Centre console and dashboard would carry wooden trims.
The Honda e is likely to go on sale in selected European markets in late 2019. Produced in Japan, this could come to India sometime in the next decade. However, there is no such confirmation yet. But, considering India is thriving to adopt zero-emission mobility, it will be an interesting proposition here.