Honda’s first electric car gets cameras instead of mirrors and 5 displaysSeptember 10, 2019
Honda has unveiled its first mass-produced electric car, the Honda e. The public debut of the novelty took place at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car will soon go on sale in Europe at a price of 29 thousand euros. At the moment, Honda has already announced the start of accepting orders for an electric car. The main competitor of the Honda e will be the new electric car from Volkswagen ID 3, which was also first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
“Low price is not always a guarantee of success. When you look at Apple products, you understand that they are not cheap, but almost everyone wants to buy them. We believe the same applies to electric vehicles, ”said project manager Kokhei Hitomi.
The car received an electric motor that is mounted on the rear axle. The novelty will be offered to customers in two versions. So, for purchase will be available Honda e with an aggregate capacity of 136 liters. with. (100 kW). Also, customers will be offered an electric motor with a return of 150 liters. with. (113 kilowatts). Acceleration to the first hundred in both versions takes about 8 seconds.
The novelty is equipped with a battery capacity of 35.5 kWh, which, according to the developers, is the most compact in the class. Thanks to her, without recharging, the car can travel up to 220 kilometers. Honda believes that this is “more than enough for daily city trips.” A set of liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries is compatible with the fast charging system, which can replenish batteries from zero to 80% in half an hour.
The design of the model is practically no different from the concept called Urban EV, which was demonstrated to the public two years ago. Unlike the prototype, the production version lost its backlit radiator grill, but retained special cameras instead of traditional side mirrors. Devices can transmit images to two six-inch displays installed in the interior of the new item. The company claims that this solution will help improve the drag coefficient.
Also, the novelty received door handles “hidden” in the racks, and five displays perform the role of the dashboard. A separate screen is responsible for the operation of the infotainment system, which is intended for both the driver and passengers. In addition, new items equipped with a special intelligent personal assistant Honda Personal Assistant. The driver has rear-view cameras, a parking assistance system and a new audio system.
The four-seater hatchback is built on a new platform, which is designed specifically for electric vehicles of segments A and B. The weight distribution along the axles is 50:50, the low center of gravity provides the car with good handling. Artificial intelligence is able to train and recognize voice commands.
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