The Honda e was recently reveled in its final mass production form, and we’re now bringing you photos of the compact electric vehicle while it is on display at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
First previewed by the Honda e Prototype earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the EV is powered by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery positioned on the floor of the car, which provides up to 220 km of range on a single charge.
The Honda e supports AC charging via a Type 2 connection, and the company is offering the Honda Power Charger with 7.4 kW (single-phase power supply) and 22 kW (three-phase power supply) outputs as one home charging solution. Honda says the latter will allow owners to charge their cars to 100% capacity in 4.1 hours.
Alternatively, the EV can also be juiced up more quickly with DC charging using a CCS2 connection, with the company saying it’ll take just 30 minutes for battery to achieve an 80% state of charge.
At the show, the company also revealed the Honda Power Manager Prototype, a fully-integrated energy transfer system that is a smaller version of a much larger charging station located at Honda’s R&D facility in Frankfurt.
Operating on a DC current and with the option of CCS2 and CHAdeMO connections, the system manages energy between the grid, homes and electric vehicles, enabling the efficient usage and storage of energy. The bi-directional charger works by returning energy to the grid whilst the car is charging, which will help to stabilise the grid at times of short energy supply.
Shifting our focus back on the Honda e, the powertrain also features an electric motor driving the rear axle, with two power outputs – 100 kW (136 PS) and 113 kW (154 PS) – available; maximum torque is rated at 315 Nm. In terms of performance, the Honda e will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in approximately eight seconds.
Meanwhile, the avantgarde interior is a mix of pleasant materials, colours and technology, the last of which is showcased by a five-screen setup dominating the dashboard.
As previously detailed, the driver and front passenger have access to two primary 12.3-inch touchscreen displays, while the remaining three screens are dedicated to the side cameras (two six-inch units) as well as the driver’s eight-inch digital instrument cluster.
Finally, pricing for the Honda e was also revealed, and in Germany, the EV will start from 29,470 euros (RM136,108) for the 100 kW version, with the 113 kW model costing 32,470 euros (RM149,964). Up until now, over 40,000 expressions of interest have been secured since the prototype made its debut, and first deliveries are slated for summer 2020.
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