Honda has recently reviled the first official images of the new Honda e. The release of the electric vehicle (EV) is their next step towards their commitment to making 100% of its European automobile sales electrified by 2025. The Honda e is due to make its official public debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor show.
Honda e design details
The focus of the Honda e is simplicity and usability, it will meet the requirements of modern and traditional lifestyles whilst integrating the latest technology and connectivity. As the nature of testing new cars is so rigorous, the car performs extremely well in all-round driving, from short town trips to the comfortable cabin for those longer journeys – the car is very responsive and easy to drive.
The exterior is very clean, and the lines are accentuated by the Side Camera Mirror System that has replaced the conventional wingmirrors. These new cameras provide live images though into the cabin which display on two six-inch screens. This pioneering Camera Mirror System brings significant benefits for safety, aerodynamics and styling. The car has smooth styling contours which are enhanced by pop-out door handles that provide a seamless look.
Onto the interior which has been one of the most technologically advanced cockpits in the automotive world. A next-generation five screen full-width digital dashboard and infotainment system is spread across the width of the dashboard. This beautifully crafted interior is fitted with contemporary materials to provide a modern, relaxing and comfortable setting for the driver and passengers to enjoy any journey.
The largest area of the full-width digital dashboard is occupied by dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens. The primary function of these displays is to present a range of applications and connectivity services that help the car to become one with the owner – being able to pre-set functions and customise it to their preferences. Each vehicle will be personal to every owner. Along side the ‘play’ side of the displays they are there to aid driving, drivers are able to select camera views, parking sensors and driving information all through the displays enabling a safer driving experience.
Honda e technical specifications
The Honda e is equipped with a high-power electric motor available with two power outputs of 100 kW (136ps) * or 113kW (154ps) *, and impressive torque of 315Nm*. The 35.5kWh battery is one of the most compact in its class yet delivers a range of up to 136 miles* from a single charge, perfect for every day urban commuting. A fast-charging capability also allows recharge to 80% capacity in 30 minutes *.
On the road, the car delivers a responsive and fun experience, with the powerful electric motor driving the rear wheels for a sporty and connected feel. The Honda e delivers outstanding acceleration from a standing start and will reach 0-62mph in approximately 8 seconds *.
The Honda e has two drive modes. Normal, for a quiet refined drive around town and Sport, for increased responsiveness, which also adjusts the suspension for better handling when you’re zipping around corners.
The Honda e comes with Honda Sensing
Lead Car Departure Notification System - Alerts you when driver in front has moved ahead from standstill. The Honda e will let you know that way ahead is clear.
Collision Mitigation Throttle Control - Preventing a sudden acceleration following cars in traffic, the Honda e will know if the car in front has suddenly stopped. For example, at a roundabout where the driver in front may change their mind and apply the brake.
Low Speed Brake Function - If you're close to an object that you may not have noticed, the Honda e will apply emergency braking while driving at low speed.
Honda e connected services and artificial intelligence
Connected services and applications accessed via the touchscreen interface can also be activated using voice commands to engage with the Honda Personal Assistant service. The intuitive Honda Personal Assistant is a smart artificial intelligence (AI) facility that uses unique contextual understanding to create natural conversations and provide access to a range of online services.
The unique Honda Personal Assistant is activated by saying, “OK Honda”, followed by the question or instruction. Machine learning enables the technology to develop a greater understanding of an individuals’ voice over time, in order to deliver more accurate responses.
Away from the car, Honda e owners can enjoy the peace-of-mind of being able to stay connected to their vehicle remotely through the My Honda+ smartphone application.
The mobile service, originally launched in 2017, has been updated to deliver a wider range of functionality, including easy navigation to a detailed vehicle condition report, remote climate control, and security and location monitoring. Additional EV-specific functions include battery charge control and range monitor, while charging station and navigation search results can be sent to the car from a mobile device.
The Honda e is also accessible using a digital key, allowing the car to be locked and unlocked using only the smartphone application.
Customers can make a reservation for priority ordering online in UK, Germany, France and Norway, or register their interest in other European markets on Honda national websites.