The Honda e, launched in Europe earlier this month, is a compact mannequin meant solely for metropolis driving.
The Honda e has a battery capability roughly half that of the Mannequin 3, driving simply 280 km per cost
As many automakers wager on sedans and SUVs within the change to electrical autos (EV), Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd has determined smaller is best for its first-ever all-battery automotive. The Honda e, launched in Europe earlier this month, is a compact mannequin meant solely for metropolis driving. That contrasts with Tesla Inc, whose Mannequin Three sedan dominates the battery EV market, and others corresponding to Audi AG and Hyundai Motor Co which have targeted on SUVs with lengthy driving ranges.
Excessive battery prices have saved EVs on the premium finish of the automotive market, and lots of automakers are creating larger, all-purpose fashions, a few of which might drive so far as 570 kilometres on a single cost.
The Honda e, nonetheless, has a battery capability roughly half that of the Mannequin 3, driving simply 280 kilometres per cost.
“Most EVs use massive capability batteries, however usually, a lot of that capability goes unused throughout metropolis driving,” mentioned Tomofumi Ichinose, chief engineer of the Honda e, advised reporters earlier this week.
“We query whether or not bigger autos are acceptable for city areas, and consider that smaller is a greater choice for cities.”
With a retro, ultra-compact design evoking Honda’s traditional N360 and N600 fashions from the 1960s, the two-door Honda e is meant as an upmarket metropolis automotive, whose price ticket of round 33,000 euros ($39,000) is greater than Renault’s Zoe ZE50, which is roomier and has an extended driving vary.
Ichinose mentioned Honda engineers had prioritised correct and sharp dealing with to allow simple u-turns in slender streets. Aspect mirrors have been changed with inside shows to keep away from bumps and scrapes throughout parking.
The mannequin will solely be offered in Europe and Japan, the place it goes on sale in late October. Honda expects annual gross sales of solely round 10,000 in Europe, and 1,000 at house, the place it is going to additionally introduce the mannequin into its car-sharing fleet.
The automaker mentioned it had no plans to market the automotive in North America or China, its greatest markets the place SUVs dominate.
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