Honda has released a few new details regarding its upcoming, and adorable, electric runabout. Based on the Urban EV concept we saw debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017, the Honde E has endured some minor changes. Rounder than before, the vehicle’s headlamps are no longer partially obfuscated by the hood. The tail lights have also been converted to circles, giving the car a slightly goofy — but not unpleasant — external demeanor.
Having opened the (refundable) reservation booklet in May, Honda promised a quintet of color options and a standard side-mounted camera mirror system that effectively makes the model impossible to get in the United States. For now, the Japanese automaker seems content targeting European city dwellers who need more than a bicycle to get around or just happen to be in the market for a cute little electric car that might be a lot of fun to drive.
As this is a still prototype, everything is subject to change (including its name). But Honda has repeatedly insisted that it wants the production version of the E to stick as closely to the original idea as possible.
So far, the manufacturer has done a decent job… even if it did abandon the glorious bench seats we saw in the concept. However Honda’s promising the rear-drive platform’s wide stance and 50:50 weight distribution should deliver “dynamic driving characteristics,” so buckets are probably for the best.
The Honda E’s base — and probably only — motor at launch is said to deliver approximately 150 PS (110 kW/148 hp) of power, with torque being somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft). Fed energy from a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, Honda is estimating a 125-mile range (or better). Restoring a depleted battery is said to be “quick,” with customers able to expect 80 percent of the car’s total charge returning in 30 minutes under idyllic circumstances.
No pricing details have been revealed but Europeans can reserve one now. The production version will emerge later this year.