With less than a week to go before Frankfurt motor show 2019, Honda has released the final specifications and images for the production ready Honda e ahead of its official debut, where it was first unveiled as the Urban EV Concept in 2017.
In its final production guise, the design of the Honda e is pretty much identical to the prototype shown at the Geneva motor show in March this year. The only differences that we can see are the deletion of the illuminated badges and the “Honda Design” decal on the side skirts.
As the initial name suggests, the Honda e is designed around modern urban ‘lifestyles’ with a focus on simplicity and usability, with a nod to the early generations of Civic from 70’s. The Honda e does away with the wing mirrors, replacing it with a wide-angled camera system to enable better visibility while reducing drag.
Powering the rear wheels (yes, it is a RWD) of the Honda e is an electric motor delivering either 134 hp or 152 hp (there are two state of tunes) along with an impressive 315 Nm of torque, which is more than the turbocharged Honda CR-V! The Honda e takes 8 seconds in the 0-100 km/h run.
The compact 35.5 kWh battery pack located on the floor provides up to 219 km of range from a single charge. Just like other EVs in the market now, the Honda e also supports fast charging and can be topped up to 80% in just 30 minutes.
The optimal battery positioning in the Honda e gives the car a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Along with a torque vectoring system on its rear axle, the Honda e should feel pretty sporty and nimble on the road.
Inside, the Honda e is adorned with a massive digital dashboard across the width of the cabin, with the largest area occupied by dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens as the primary infotainment interface. Honda e owners can access the connected services and applications through them, or via voice commands to engage the Honda Personal Assistant powered by artificial intelligence.
The Honda e is also always connected, allowing owners to access vital information of the car through the accompanying Honda+ smartphone app, while also enabling the smartphone to be used as a digital key to the car.
With the rear wheel drive and instantaneous torque delivery, we wonder could this be the new ultimate zero emission Kei drift car?