Honda has unveiled the production version of its long-awaited first electric vehicle – the E.
While the company has previously revealed concept and near-production versions of the model, these are the first images and details of the road-going model. It is set to make its physical debut at the Frankfurt motor show later this month.
It is equipped with an electric motor available with two power outputs of 100 kW (136hp) or 113kW (154hp) and offers a range of up to 136 miles from a single charge, while the company said a fast-charging capability also allows recharge to 80% capacity in 30 minutes.
Mirrors are replaced by Side Camera Mirror System which provide live images to two six-inch screens inside the vehicle, with Honda claiming the camera technology “brings significant benefits for styling, safety, aerodynamics and refinement.”
The minimalist theme continues with the pop-out door handles, while inside, a five screen full-width digital dashboard and connected infotainment system are incorporated within the cabin.
The largest area of the full-width digital dashboard is occupied by dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens with these acting as the primary infotainment displays, presenting a range of applications and connected infotainment.
Connected services and applications accessed via the touchscreen interface can also be activated using voice commands to engage with the Honda Personal Assistant service with the tool using artificial intelligence (AI) to add contextual understanding to “create natural conversations and provide access to a range of online services”, Honda claimed.
Honda has also updated its mobile app to deliver a wider range of functionality, including navigation to a detailed vehicle condition report, remote climate control, and security and location monitoring. Additional EV-specific functions include battery charge control and range monitor, while charging station and navigation search results can be sent to the car from a mobile device, the company added.