Honda introduced the production version of the Honda eSeptember 4, 2019
Honda E will offer engines with a return of 134 hp and 152 hp, both of which produce 232 Nm of torque and accelerate the model to 100 km / h in about 8 seconds. The long-awaited electric city car, first introduced as an Urban EV concept two years ago, was finally introduced in serial form before its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
There are only two visual differences from the prototype seen at the Geneva Motor Show in March: the badge in the radiator grille is no longer highlighted, since this function is not allowed in Europe, and the inscription “Honda Design” disappeared on the side skirt.
Both versions of the Honda E promise mileage of up to 220 km from a 35.5 kWh liquid-cooled battery, which is significantly less than competitors such as the Kia e-Niro and BMW i3, but, according to Honda, enough for a city car segment, Tarantas.News reports.
“Some potential customers may not be satisfied, but when you think of a larger range and a larger battery, it has flaws in terms of volume and balance,” said project manager Kokhei Hitomi.
Fast charging from a 100-kilowatt device will make it possible to make up for 80% in 30 minutes, Honda claims, while a 50 kW / h charger can handle this in 36 minutes.
The four-seater is built on a new platform designed for electric vehicles of segments A and B, and is slightly shorter than the Jazz, and about 100 mm higher than the Mini.
An electric motor mounted at the rear drives the rear wheels, which use a torque vector designed to provide a smoother response and better handling in tight corners. The new car boasts a 50:50 weight distribution and low center of gravity due to the low battery arrangement in the wheelbase.
The model uses cameras instead of side mirrors already in the database, which is the first time for a compact segment. The system, which projects a live image onto two 6-inch screens, reduces aerodynamic drag by 90%, Honda says. This is said to improve the efficiency of the entire vehicle by 3.8%, playing a significant role in maximizing range.
Hidden door handles are also provided to improve aerodynamic efficiency, and a charging port is installed in the center of the hood.
Inside is a digital dashboard with a width of five screens, which is dominated by two 12.3-inch touch screens. They are built into the dashboard with wood trim. The seats, including the rear double sofa, are covered with polyester, which is designed to create a living room effect in the interior.
The company believes that the retro design of the car will give it attractiveness in the style of Apple. Hitomi said earlier that the car was the subject of an internal “battle” over whether to launch it in production, and a positive reaction to the concept is a key factor for mass production.
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