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Europe gets another small EV in the shape of the new Honda e

By Humza · 6 replies
Sep 11, 2019 at 7:15 AM
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  1. Honda's urban-focused 'e' hatchback is set to go on sale in Europe next year and it's not that hard to figure out why it's not headed to the US, for now.

    Let's start with the trim levels, of which there are two. The base model produces 134 bhp from its 35.5 kWh motor that operates the rear axle and offers up to 136 miles of range (WLTP) while the more powerful 'Advance' version manages 152 bhp, goes from 0-62 mph in around 8 seconds and is expected to last up to 125 miles (WLTP).

    In both variants, the 'e' makes 232 lb ft of torque, making it an entry-level hot hatch to rival a Renault Zoe or a Nissan Leaf instead of a Chevy Bolt or a Tesla Model 3.

    The Honda e will take five hours to fully recharge from a 7 kW home wallbox charger (Type 2 AC connector ) while a 50 kW charger will juice it up from 0 to 80 percent in under an hour. This value can be achieved in 30 minutes through supported fast charging of 100 kW through a CCS2 DC plug.

    These figures strictly make it a town runabout that also comes at a rather premium price with the base model starting at £26,160 (~ $32,300) and the 'Advance' trim that further raises it to £28,660 (~ $35,400). Prices for both models include the £3.5k government EV discount.

    But on to the good bits about the car. Specifically, how cool it looks on the outside and manages to stay almost as funky inside as it did in Honda's EV concept from two years ago. The simple round lights at each corner of the black trim piece, both at the front and rear, offer a nearly symmetric design.

    The black roof panel, side mounted cameras instead of mirrors, frameless front doors, hidden rear door handles and wheel design further adds to the charm of the little hatchback.

    The interior is occupied by two 12.3-inch touch screens fixed in the center of the flat-surfaced dashboard (that's reportedly plastic and not wood), a separate 8.8-inch display for the driver behind the wheel and two six-inch screens on each corner that display footage from the side-mounted cameras.

    There's also a co-pilot mode that enables the front passenger to share information from their screen (e.g. a map route) by simply swiping it towards the driver's display. Despite screens spanning the width of the interior, there are physical knobs and buttons below the air vents for the climate controls, buttons on the flat dashboard, as well as plenty of ports below for charging smartphones and the like, including a 1500W 230V source, two USB-A ports and an HDMI port (why tho?)

    Other features include a personal assistant that responds to "Okay Honda" and a My Honda+ connected car experience that's essentially an app for things like remote climate control, security and location monitoring, and locking/unlocking the car via a digital key.

    Honda has put up a reservation website for the 'e' and so far more than 31,000 people in Europe (including 9,000 from UK) have registered their interest with a refundable deposit.

    "You look at the technology, particularly on the interior of the car, and that puts it on a premium level. Given those features it’ll be good value – look beyond the numbers to the car itself. The innovation here and the confidence: this car takes Honda back to where it belongs," said Honda UK's head of cars Phil Webb.

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  2. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 609   +85

    Like I have said before, the tech isn't ready yet for electric cars. Trying to run before you can walk!
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,590   +3,189

    Sometimes You Gotta Run Before You Can Walk.

    However, security in these software-reliant cars is as bad as it is in Android, often worse. By buying such a car you expose yourself to hackers who can have you drive yourself off the cliff, or into somebody on the street, and then good luck proving that it wasn't you.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2019 at 7:45 AM
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,680   +4,025

    OK for the city but for anything else it's just not there and the price ..... definitely not for "the masses" that would require a vehicle that sells for under $30K. But it is a step in the right direction, be it a very small step ..
     
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  5. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,766   +836

    Cool looking little car, looks like it would be fun. Unfortunately you have to be a hipster to buy one...
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,766   +836

    I'm curious as to what you mean by this... I would agree, but my take is that batteries just don't have the needed capacity or sufficient longevity yet and take too long to recharge. Until they get close to taking you the distance of a ICE equipped vehicle, will last 200,000+ miles or 20+ years, AND are able to be recharged fully in less than five minutes - ICE will always win for general practicality.
     
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  7. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,934   +720

    I like the retro look too, but I am not a hipster and wouldn't be able to drive it. Sigh...
     

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