Meet Honda’s First City EV, Simply Called ‘e’
Honda’s new fully-electric city car, the Honda e, is set to become the Japanese carmaker’s first battery electric vehicle in Europe. Whether it’s destined for other markets in the future remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure–it looks gushingly lovable, a fact made even more obvious by its smart choice of five colors–Crystal Black Pearl, Crystal Blue Metallic, Premium White Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, and the standout Charge Yellow.
Based on Honda’s Urban EV Concept, the car debuted as a prototype at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and is part of Honda’s lofty target of having 100 percent of its European car sales come with electrified powertrains by 2025.
The diminutive auto has a reported range of 200 kms. Admittedly, that’s not sufficient to satisfy the needs of most drivers, and so the car is only good for city dwellers with their workplace located nearby. Fortunately for those worried about how often the car needs to be plugged in, it has a ‘fast charging‘ feature that gets the battery up to 80 percent in a short 30 minutes.
The market for the Honda e is limited to the UK, France, Germany, and Norway so far, but hopefully, it expands to other areas and reaches our shores, because we sure could use more city cars in our narrow and oft-clogged urban streets.