Honda has committed to “total electrification” of all its European sales by 2025, and it’s starting now with the Honda e. The company’s first all-electric, urban model for Europe has received more than 22,000 expressions of interest and is already available for reservations in the UK, Germany, France, and Norway.
The new Honda e urban electric vehicle features a range of 200 km and a fast-charge function that enables 80% of the range in only 30 minutes of charging. The car will also feature new a new “Side Camera Mirror System” which will replace traditional side-mirrors with a live camera feed on screens inside of the car. The new, high-tech system is intended to improve visibility and to reduce aerodynamic drag by an estimated 90%. Honda estimates that the cameras will lead to “an approximate 3.8% improvement for the entire vehicle that benefits the car’s efficiency and range.”
As part of Honda’s “Electric Vision,” it has partnered with smart battery company Moixa, and charging specialist Ubitricity. Together, the two partners represent exciting new developments in charging infrastructure and battery technology — two things that will need to be running smoothly for a fully electrified European market in 2025.
Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, said of the company’s vision: “… the shift towards electrification has gathered pace considerably. Environmental challenges continue to drive demand for cleaner mobility. Technology marches on unrelenting and people are starting to shift their view of the car itself.”
Currently, customers in the UK, Germany, France, and Norway have the ability to reserve the Honda e and will be able to place an order later this year. The first deliveries of the vehicle are expected to start in the spring of 2020.