Honda along with Toyota much focused on manufacturing hybrid and hydrogen cars. Honda engineers convinced management to build the Honda electric vehicle. The company also showed its interest in electric vehicles and manufactured the Honda E car. The E is a key car for Honda because it’s one of the first vehicles of its new electric vision along with the next-generation hybrid-only Jazz. The company has now planned to electrify two-thirds of its vehicles around the world by 2030. Honda needs to have electric or hybrid versions of all its core European models by 2022 and decided to target the E at urban markets. Its major competitors in Europe are Tesla, Renault, and Nissan.
It is noteworthy that its competitor, Renault Zoe now has a 50 kWh battery with a 242-mile WLPT range. The WLTP electric range of Honda E is just 137 miles on a single charge, with an EPA rating. But, the E is higher-tech and more stylish than all its competitors. Honda stayed true to its original vision with a shape inspired by the original Civic of the company. The head of dynamic performance for the Honda E, Takahiro Shinya said, “We needed to provide buyers with a vehicle that, at a glance, is something different. We don’t want you to feel like you just have a different motor, but that you have bought something which is completely new and completely next-generation”. Honda E has a smooth body design and replaced the square head and tail lights with more practical round ones.
The dashboard is completely covered by screens with two 6-inch side screens for the mirrors and an 8.8-inch driver info display. There are two 12.3-inch touchscreens in the middle, one for the driver and one for the front-seat passenger. It has the ability to swap screens with the passenger. The car has an independent suspension with MacPherson struts at each wheel and perfects 50:50 weight distributions. The E has a very tight turning circle with a radius of just 14.1 feet. Honda E supports up to 100 kW chargers and can charge from zero to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The Honda E will come in 2 options, the E and the E Advance. The Honda E will start at £26,160 and the E Advance will start at £28,660, including the £3,500 government rebate. Both vehicles will go on sale in the summer of 2020 in Europe and Japan only.