It’s the announcement everyone in North America who likes small cars was dreading – that Honda wouldn’t be bringing their small little electric vehicle the ‘e’ over to North America. Instead, the Honda e will be a low-volume EV available only in Europe and Japan.
To lessen the blow, Honda coupled the announcement with news that they are planning a global electric vehicle platform to fit underneath larger electric cars destined for the U.S.A. and China. The EV platform will accommodate both crossovers and sedans with different battery packs and motors.
Honda hopes to electrify 60% of its global lineup by 2030, and wants EVs to account for 15% of its sales.
As part of the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K., Honda e debuted the pre-production version of the electric city car. Deliveries are scheduled for early 2020.
Honda e Specifications (Pre-production version)
- electric range of 125 miles (over 200 km)
- 35.5 kWh liquid cooled battery pack, with cells supplied by Panasonic
- rear wheel drive
- 110 kW electric motor with 300 Nm of torque
- CCS fast charging capable of 80% charge in 30 minutes
Discuss this little Honda electric vehicle at the Honda E Forum here