Honda launches production of a small electric car designed for the European market later this year. The "Honda e" uses a newly developed architecture for battery-powered cars as a base. The Japanese now show what the technology looks like and what advantages it offers.
The Honda e is the first electric car to build the brand on the new electric platform. According to the developers, it combines efficiency with agility. This is achieved in particular by a low center of gravity and a balanced weight distribution of 50:50 between the front and rear axles. As usual in the industry, the battery was placed centrally between the axles in the underbody.
Since the electric motor drives the rear wheels of the Honda, the steering remains free of drive influences. "Combined with its compact size and short overhangs, the Honda e impresses with agile driving pleasure and effortless handling, especially in tight inner cities," says Honda. The responsible for this is the independent suspension on all four wheels, which also ensures high driving comfort. The forged part made of forged aluminum contributes to the weight reduction, which benefits the driving characteristics and drive efficiency.
The charging port is integrated with the Honda e in the front hood. The battery has a capacity of 35.5 kWh and can be charged normally or via the CCS standard – ideally to 80% in 30 minutes. "Liquid cooling keeps the battery in the optimum temperature range, ensuring maximum efficiency," assures Honda. The range of the Honda e is the Japanese with over 200 kilometers, the power consumption combined with 18 to 20 kWh / 100 km.
The Honda e was presented as a prototype in the spring at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 and will celebrate its debut as a production version later this year. "From spring" 2020, the first vehicles are to be handed over to customers. By 2025, Honda wants to electrify all new vehicles offered in Europe.