FULL-ELECTRIC HONDA E DETAILED

Honda has revealed the full-production version of the Honda e concept car, the company’s first foray into the electric vehicle (EV) sphere. Honda e will go on sale in several global markets, but has not been confirmed for Mzansi yet. It will make a live appearance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show next week.

Power comes from one of two electric motors; a 100kW and a 113kW version. Yes, we were also shaking our heads at the difference. Both offer maximum torque of 315Nm, which is quite impressive for the size of car. Honda says its tests have shown that the car will sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 8 seconds, which power and torque sent to the rear wheels.

Because this is an EV, range is more important than power. And so according to Honda, the little car can travel up to 220km on a single full charge. We think a more realistic 150km can be expected, which is enough for two 75km trips. At the same time, the 35.5kWh compact battery can be recharged up to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes, depending on the type of charger used.

Cute but advanced, the Honda e features things like pop-out door handles, rear view cameras in the place of side mirrors, a 31.2cm infotainment dual touch screen system with extensive connectivity and the Honda Personal Assistant service, which can be spoken to by voice.

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