At Honda they say they have designed the car of the future by drawing on their experience from the past. And the Honda is reminiscent of the first Civic, with a retro design with simple, well-defined and clean lines. An original design that attracts attention and stands out from the rest of the models. Fun to drive, safe and attractive, the Honda e is the benchmark for modern values and how we drive today … and it takes the lead to advance us in a strict series vehicle what will be driving in cities from now on. From now. The electric car signed by Honda is an urban model with a kart feel, premium quality, sensational agility for strolling, the latest battery and charging technology, and connectivity that the best smartphone on the market would like. The Honda eIt uses a 35.5 kWh capacity lithium-ion battery that allows charging in numerous devices , with a range of up to 222 kilometers in WLTP cycle . In this sense, without a doubt Honda could have resorted to a larger battery to achieve more range; However, this decision would have triggered the price, weight and consumption, and it has also been shown that most European users do not travel more than 50/60 kilometers per day, so with a charge the owner of the Honda will be able to use the car for up to three consecutive days without going through a socket. In any case, that battery can be charged up to 80 percent of the total in 31 minutes with a fast charger, that is, less time than it takes to charge a smartphone.
The water-cooled battery is located under the floor, allowing the center of gravity to be just 50 centimeters above the ground. An advantage to which we must add an ideal 50:50 weight distribution . In addition, the engine is located in the rear axle and the traction is to the wheels of that axis. This combination, quite exceptional in a model of this size and approach, makes Honda’s first electric car a model urbanite, as well as a playful and fun urban GTI that also moves like a real kart if it escapes from the city looking for nearby winding roads. The Honda e is fitted with 205/45 R17 front and 225/45 R17 rear tires, a very precise variable active steering and an immediate torque that, also in terms of performance, adds a spicy touch that is appreciated. However, his thing is urban transfers wrapped in a technological environment of silence, calm and comfort only comparable to the best limousine in the premium segment. The alluring electric city hiker features four-wheel McPherson suspension with low-compression dampers. But the good thing is that the short damping travel, which reduces the balance to the maximum and improves the general poise of the car, does not create any dryness and is soft enough not to sacrifice the comfort that is going to be required of this model in their urban journeys.
The Honda e is 3.89 meters long, but the interior surprises with a generous space for four adults, both longitudinally and in terms of ceiling height. And the boot, with 171 liters of capacity, effortlessly accommodates two cabin bags and two backpacks, plenty for an eminently urban model.
The dashboard is, along with the quality and care with which the car has been built, perhaps what most attracts the attention of the interior, apart from a large space that no one imagines due to its small exterior size. The display of screens – there are six large screens across the entire front – and their operation and advantages are unrivaled for their high definition, ease of use, ergonomics and exclusivity. And the standard equipment, already from the access version, is simply impressive, as it includes a single pedal control system, keyless entry and start, 230 V socket, central and exterior camera rear-view mirror, advanced Honda Sensing, roof panoramic, retractable exterior handles, LED headlights, electric handbrake …
Urban premium, all its solutions
In both versions of the Honda e the driver can choose between two driving modes . The Normal provides smooth acceleration, while in Sport the response is more lively. The Honda e user can also activate a single pedal control system, with adjustable deceleration from paddles on the steering wheel. And one of the most surprising advantages of the Honda e is its exceptional turning radius, since its front wheels allow the luxury of turning 50 degrees to sign a record turning diameter of only 8.6 meters.
Honda Target Power Systems: Make Things Easy
Flexible rates worldwide
Honda is also collaborating with the company Vattenfall to offer the world’s first flexible electric tariff tailored to electric vehicle owners. These rates, initially available in the UK and Germany, will play a key role in advancing Honda’s Power Manager system. And by being available to owners of any brand, they also promote the use of electricity generated from renewable sources, which brings Honda’s vision of a sustainable energy supply into the future.
Home chargers, Honda Power Charger
Honda’s home charging point will connect to the brand’s cars that use electric powertrains and keep owners remotely connected through their smartphone services. The system consists of a 7.4 kW charging unit that can be mounted on the wall or on a platform. Using a type 2 AC connection, Honda e owners will be able to charge 100% of the battery capacity in 4.1 hours from a 32A supply.
Urban chargers, ubitricity
This technology allows the installation of charging points on lighting poles, all using a single cable that incorporates a mobile measurement device that allows the cost of charging to be linked to the customer’s rate so that they do not have to subscribe to several providers. The charging points installed by ubitricity are already being tested successfully in London and Berlin, with more planned to be installed in the future.
Bi-directional charger, Honda Power Manager
The Honda Power Manager prototype advances a two-way system that connects electric vehicles to a smart grid. This technology allows the reservation and distribution of electricity between electric vehicles and the grid in order to intelligently achieve a balance between the demand and the supply of energy, and thus obtain a more efficient consumption of renewable sources. With this system, the energy stored in the vehicle’s battery will be able to provide electricity to the home, or return / bill it to the grid in periods of greatest demand.