Honda to Keep “e” Name for Electric City Car
Honda Motor Co.’s upcoming electric city car will be called the “Honda e.”
A near-production version of the vehicle, dubbed the e Prototype (pictured), was unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March. Sales will begin later this year in Japan and select European markets, with pricing expected to start at about $45,000. There are no plans to offer the tiny EV in the U.S.
Riding on a new modular platform designed for EVs, the five-door city car is about the same size as the Jazz small car. The architecture packages the motor over the rear wheels and the battery within the floor. Design features include round LED headlights, flush door handles, cameras in place of rearview mirrors and a charging port integrated into the hood.
Honda says the vehicle will have a driving range of about 125 miles. A fast-charging system can replenish the battery to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
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Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for EVs, and falling costs and rising energy levels could keep them on top for nearly two decades.
The historic plant has built—and is building—a lot of cars in its 70-year run of commercial vehicle production. Today, with the e-Golf and the GTE, it is making what are arguably the most-advanced Volkswagens out there.