Honda unveiled their adorable electric hatchback called Honda E at Geneva Motor Show in March, and announced that it will go into production by the end of 2019. Now Honda has started to accept reservation bookings for the cute little EV that won the hearts of many ever since it appeared in a concept form in 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with an Urban EV moniker.
The rear-wheel-drive Honda E offers a range of 200km and can charge from dead to 80% in about 30 minutes, thanks to its quick charging mode. The limited range has to do with its size and usage, a smaller car means a smaller battery and it’s mainly for use in urban environments, Honda says.
In addition to its retro-chic exterior, the interior is a cross of wood paneling and the latest technology featuring Honda’s brand new infotainment system. The result is a surprisingly stylish dashboard that reminds of the Honda Civic hatchback from the 1970s and blends the past with future quite efficiently.
Honda has also revealed the color palette for the E. There will be 5 colors on offer including the Platinum White metallic which originally appeared in Geneva, as well as Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Blue Metallic and Charge Yellow.
Honda already announced at Geneva that it will fully electrify its model range in Europe by 2025 with a combination of plug-in hybrids and pure electric models. Honda E is off course being the first step towards achieving that goal.
The Japanese automaker also announced to shut its two key factories in Swindon (West of England) and Turkey by 2021 as the “significant challenges of electrification” meant it must “revise its global manufacturing operations”.