Honda e all-electric hatchback spied ahead of unveil at Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Honda e, the Japanese manufacturer's first attempt at an all-electric city hatchback has been spotted under camouflage in Europe, merely days before its global unveil. The simply named Honda e is available for UK customers to book at this point of time, and early impressions of the prototypes have just surfaced online.
The Honda e prototype is said to be 95 per cent of the way to a series production model which promises to offer up to 200km on a single charge. An 80 per cent recharge from empty is claimed to take 30 minutes when a fast charger is used. The little city runabout sits on a new platform developed by Honda for its future EVs, packs a 35.5kWh battery in its floor, and is rear-wheel drive. Dimensionally, it's 100mm shorter than the 4m overall length of the Jazz. It will still seat five passengers, and is available as a five-door, unlike the three-door Urban EV concept on which it is based.
Carried over from the concept is the futuristic and simplistic styling which drew people's attention in the first place, when first unveiled in 2017. Surprisingly also carried over is the side view camera system, a feature so far only seen on the luxury SUV, the Audi e-tron. The two side view cameras display live images to two 6-inch screens inside the car. This is said to reduce aerodynamic drag by 90 per cent compared to conventional rear view mirrors.
The two side view cameras display live images to two dedicated 6-inch screens inside the car. This is said to reduce aerodynamic drag by 90 per cent compared to conventional rear view mirrors. The interiors also boast of a minimalistic design, with wood veneer across the length of the dashboard, otherwise dominated by twin touchscreens again spanning the length of the dash. Pricing for the Honda e hasn't been revealed as yet, but early reports suggest pricing between the Hyundai Kona 64kWh EV at Rs 26 lakh and Tesla Model 3 at Rs 33 lakh (converted ex-showroom prices for reference).
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