Honda’s new compact electric vehicle Honda e has been finally revealed as some details have poured out over the internet giving an idea of its specifications. The upcoming car is available for order but the deliveries will begin in 2020.
Honda e will arrive in 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity and the elements of the suspension components are forged aluminium which reduces weight and benefit performance and efficiency.
The upcoming electric car will sport a 35.5 kWh, liquid-cooled battery which may have a range of 200 km. The company also claims that the car can be charged up to 80 per cent in less than 30 minutes with Rapid-charging technology.
The battery pack is water-cooled to maintain an optimum thermal state which results in maximum efficiency of the battery and charge state.
Kohei Hitomi, Project Manager of Honda e explained why the battery of the car was kept small and said, “We believe the range is sufficient for this segment of car,” said Hitomi. “Some potential customers might not be satisfied, but when you think about bigger range and a bigger battery, it has drawbacks in terms of packaging. It’s a balance’’.
The battery of Honda e is quite smaller than Kia e-Niro and BMW i3 which is 454 km and 310 km respectively.
Honda has already received more than 31,000 expressions of interest as of now and it could be trend setter in the segment.
Hitomi said it is “important” the car is affordable but he added: “A low price is not always a guarantee of success. When you look at Apple products, they are not cheap, but everyone wants to have them because of their added value. We believe it is the same for the electric vehicle.”