Honda names its new electric city car ‘e’

The new Honda e all-electric urban EV will open for ordering in summer 2019 and arrive in dealers in early 2020

Honda e rear badgeThe new all-electric Honda city car formerly called the e-Prototype has been officially named Honda e.

Ordering for the new Honda e is set to open in summer 2019, and deliveries to dealers are expected by early 2020.

The firm will also reveal the new Honda e in full this summer, although it is not expected to differ greatly from the Honda e-Prototype shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show: bosses admit that model is already 98 percent showroom-ready.

Honda e-Prototype front

With a 120-mile range, the Honda e is intentionally being pitched as an urban EV, rather than a long-distance electric car. This helps keep its dimensions compact, and also aids packaging: despite being small, the five-door car still seats four.

Honda e-Prototype rear

Honda hasn’t yet revealed details of the e’s battery capacity, but is expected to be around 30 kWh. This will help keep costs in check, although the Honda e will not be a budget-priced model.

The firm is instead positioning it as a modern luxury EV, with lots of interior gadgets and luxury features. It is expected to be priced from over £30,000.

Honda e-Prototype interior

Project leader Kohei Hitomi justified this to Motoring Research, during an interview earlier this year, by likening the Honda e to an iPhone. 

“That is not a cheap product, but everyone still wants to have one.”

Not that this is stopping ‘hand-raisers’ from contacting Honda: already, more than 6,500 expressions of interest have been placed in the UK alone, via the firm’s website.

Honda has also confirmed the next-generation Jazz will make its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later in 2019 – and the range will include an electrified hybrid version, using a version of the clever system already seen on the Honda CR-V Hybrid.

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Richard Aucock
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.


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