HONDA e – The Power of Electric Dreams.

by Gazette Reporter

Engineered to deliver an exceptional driving experience, the Honda e is a dream made real with its unique combination of dynamic performance, refined comfort and futuristic technology.

Electricity provides the perfect energy for city driving, and the new Honda e has been designed to be electric from the ground up, so no compromise has had to be made with its dynamics and handling. Power comes from a compact 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery, which drives the rear wheels via an electric powertrain, exclusively developed for the Honda e.

Super Funky;

The super-funky Honda e is Honda’s first mass-market, pure-electric car, and it promises to be one of the most desirable cars in its market segment. The squat stance and owl-eyed expression of the Honda e look amazing, and the spacious and high tech interior is equally as special as the exterior. Honda is pitching its retro-chic electric car upmarket, and is aiming to steal sales from the MINI electric, Peugeot e-208, Opel Corsa-e and Renault ZOE, amongst others. Fully charged, it has a range of up to 220km, which is more than enough to do all the things you love to do in and around town. Performance and range are constantly maximised, thanks to a clever system that keeps the batteries at their optimum working temperature.

Side Mirror Camera System;

Conventional door mirrors have been replaced with high-definition cameras, which provide clear images on screens within the cabin, even at night or in bad weather. Because the cameras are more compact than conventional door mirrors, fitting within the width of the car, they not only reduce wind noise and drag, but are also useful for narrow streets and car parks.

Two Trim Levels;

Two versions of the Honda e are available in the Irish market, with both models coming very well equipped in terms of comfort features, safety tech, infotainment and cutting-edge battery technology. The entry-level Honda e comes with 134bhp and costs €29,995 (after SEAI grant for private customers), while the Honda e ‘Advance’ gets a power upgrade to 152bhp and carries a premium of €3,000. Key features in the standard car include Honda’s ingenious  side mirror camera system in lieu of door mirrors, a full suite of infotainment features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation, voice control, USB/HDMI ports and the ability to cast your smartphone on the infotainment touchscreen. The ‘Advance’ model also includes a heated steering wheel and windscreen, Honda Parking Pilot (automatic parking) Blind-Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor, Centre Camera Mirror System, dedicated hardware amplifier, premium audio with 8 speakers, 230V electrical outlet, and a multi-view camera.  

Effortless Charging;

Charging the Honda e is effortless thanks to its charging point being positioned centrally into the bonnet, allowing easy access from either side of the car. It features an integrated LED light which clearly indicates the status of the charge and a safety lock to ensure the power cable cannot be removed whilst in use. Honda even designed the cable to be angled away from the car to protect the paintwork when charging. The Honda e is fitted with a 35.5kWh Lithium ion battery, which can be fully charged in as little as 30-minutes from a 100kw DC rapid charger, along with a fixed gear ratio automatic transmission with push button controls for ease of use. The rear wheel drive Honda e has a perfectly even 50:50 weight distribution, which provides the car with excellent driving dynamics.

Car on Review;

My review car was a new Honda e Advance, which was finished in elegant Modern Steel Grey metallic paintwork. The stylish, and subtly retro cabin of the Honda e consists of wall to wall screens, with the two screens at either side of the dashboard showing everything that the side mirror camera system captures. This truly ingenious feature is so easy to get used to and it means that the driver’s eye’s aren’t drawn as far away from the road ahead as they would be with traditional door mirrors. The comfortable seating possesses a retro look too, and it is designed to compliment the funky exterior styling of the Honda e perfectly, while a turning radius of just 4.3-metres is genuinely impressive. The uncluttered and beautifully simple interior design provides maximum room and total comfort in which to enjoy the premium sound system, while tactile surfaces and refined materials insulate you from the hustle and bustle of city streets. Two central 12.3″ touchscreens allow multiple information to be accessed simultaneously by the driver and the passenger, with the ability to switch screens by simply swiping from one to the other. The rear seats not only provide occupants with excellent legroom, they can also fold flat for extra load space when required. In addition, LED spot lights have been thoughtfully positioned overhead providing occupants with welcome additional lighting. The Honda e may work like an automatic but with its single fixed ratio, pressing the accelerator pedal gives a smooth and instant response. A power output of 152bhp and 315Nm of torque, matched with a low centre of gravity, delivers a sporty yet comfortable drive. And if you’d like a more exhilarating experience, switching to Sport mode significantly increases acceleration response. Turning on Single Pedal Control, allows you to drive with even more enjoyment and ease. Using just one pedal, you can accelerate and decelerate by pushing your foot down to go and taking it off to brake. It really is that simple.

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Verdict & Warranty;

The Honda e combines futuristic technology, cutting-edge connectivity, gorgeous retro styling, thrilling performance and an addictive electric-driving experience in a highly desirable package. The new Honda e was born to be electric, and it shows in every detail. A comprehensive 3-year/100,000km warranty comes as standard, with an 8-year/160,000km warranty on the Lithium-ion battery. The amazing new Honda e really is the ‘Power of Electric Dreams’.

Quick Facts (if space permits);

  1. Cute & Funky Retro Design
  2. Fully Electric Supermini
  3. Range of up to 220km’s
  4. Effortless Charging
  5. On Sale NOW

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