We take a first look at the brilliant new Honda E
When Honda released the Urban EV concept car, it received unwavering praise. In fact, so much so, that Honda decided to take the model into production, albeit with a few tweaks and a new name - the Honda E.
It’s boxy and retro exterior styling has instant appeal. Its ability to simultaneously evoke nostalgia while also having a futuristic air, certainly makes you stop in your tracks.
The luxurious interior is full of similarly retro design touches like a wood effect dashboard trim which sits alongside a host of modern tech.
Honda's first all-electric model will come with a 35.5kWh water-cooled battery. The water-cooling system helps to maintain optimum operating temperature to maximise range, with the Honda E offering 125 miles on a single charge.
Honda is quick to point out that while this figure may seem quite low compared to other recently released electric cars, the Honda E has been designed specifically for life in urban environments. For which a 125-mile range will be more than enough to cope with the short trips out and about town.
The battery will be compatible with both DC and AC chargers. So on a 7kWh home charger, you should be able to fully recharge the battery in five hours. While a rapid DC charger will give you 80% of a full charge in just half an hour. On top of that, Honda's regenerative braking systems will help to replenish the battery on the go.
Honda has positioned the battery under the floor of the car between the axles for perfect 50/50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity. With power being sent to the rear wheels for precision steering even at high acceleration.
The charging point is conveniently located at the front of the car in the middle of the bonnet. You will be able to check charge status quickly, thanks to indicative LED lighting on the charging point, which will be visible through a glass panel. While on board, it is easy to keep an eye on how well the battery is holding a charge through the touchscreen display on the dashboard.
The new Honda E has an innovative four-wheel independent suspension which makes use of forged aluminium to reduce overall weight to benefit performance and efficiency for a rewarding and responsive driving experience.
The revolutionary interior does away with the standard interior car dash design. Instead, it features a bank of digital panels which span the width of the dashboard. This includes a twelve-inch digital instrument touchscreen and two twelve-inch infotainment touchscreens.
Further innovations include revolutionary new cameras which replace the wing mirrors. The view from the camera is shown on a screen in each corner of the car. The cameras will operate in two different modes; normal and wide, which helps to reduce blind spots by at least 10%.
The cameras will automatically adjust brightness as conditions change and come with a water-repellent coating, to prevent wet weather obscuring your view.
Honda says that switching to a camera system helps to reduce aerodynamic drag by around 90%. This has helped to improve the efficiency of the entire vehicle by 3.8% and has played a significant role in maximising range.
You’ll notice a host of other aerodynamic design features across the car too, like flush door handles.
The new Honda E marks Honda’s latest electrification commitment in which they set out their plan to feature electrified technology in 100% of European sales by 2025.
The Honda E has already proved to be hugely popular with Honda receiving unprecedented amounts of interest. If you’re keen to find out more or be one of the first to test drive this revolutionary car, then why not register your interest with your nearest Stoneacre Honda dealership?
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