Honda has unveiled the first official images of its new Honda e electric vehicle (EV). The car is the next step towards Honda’s commitment to making 100 percent of its European automobile sales electrified by 2025 and is set to make its official public debut at 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, alongside Honda’s range of electrified and sporty automobiles.
Developed with a focus on simplicity in design and usability, the Honda e aims to meet the needs of modern urban lifestyles through seamlessly integrated connected technologies and driving dynamics.
A side camera mirror System replaces conventional side view mirrors with compact cameras, providing live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle. The camera technology, a first in the compact segment, brings significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.
The car also gets pop-out door handles for a seamless look. Inside, a next-generation five-screen, full-width digital dashboard and connected infotainment system are incorporated within a modern passenger cabin.
The largest area of the Honda e’s full-width digital dashboard is occupied by dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens. These act as the primary infotainment displays, presenting a range of applications and connected infotainment services that help the car to seamlessly integrate with the owner’s modern urban lifestyle. As a result, the driver and passengers – whether the car is driving, parked or charging – can enjoy the same connectivity and comfort.
The Honda e is equipped with a high-power electric motor available with two power outputs of 100 kW (136ps) or 113kW (154ps), and torque of 315Nm. The 35.5kWh battery is one of the most compact in its class yet delivers a range of up to 220km from a single charge, perfect for every day urban commuting. A fast-charging capability also allows recharge to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. Honda claims the EV delivers “outstanding acceleration from a standing start and will reach 0-100kph in approximately 8 seconds.”
Connected services and applications accessed via the touchscreen interface can also be activated using voice commands to engage with the Honda Personal Assistant service. The intuitive Honda Personal Assistant is a smart artificial intelligence (AI) facility that uses unique contextual understanding to create natural conversations and provide access to a range of online services.