Honda e at the 2019 International Motor Show Germany

Honda e at the 2019 International Motor Show Germany


The Honda e is an electric car manufactured by Japanese automaker Honda, to be available in the European and Japanese markets. It is based on the Urban EV Concept presented at the 2017 International Motor Show Germany in September 2017. The production version was unveiled at the same show in 2019. Unlike the layout of the Urban EV Concept, which was a 3-door hatchback, the production version is available only as a 5-door model. Its name was confirmed by Honda in May 2019. The vehicle is styled with a retro look reminiscent of the first generation Civic. Honda's stated goal is to offer an all-EV lineup in Europe by 2025.




Reception

Reception, in general, is positive because of its retro styling and the mix of stunning design with superb functionality.

On 20 May 2019, customers in UK and selected European markets: Germany, France and Norway, can place an order with a £800 (or equivalent) refundable deposit and Honda received over 25,000 expressions of interest across Europe, of which 6,500 came from the UK. By September, Honda received 40,000 expressions of interest.

Reviewing the e Prototype for Car, Jake Groves wrote that it demonstrated "how electric cars should drive" with a caveat that the test drive took place on a test track in Germany. The "low-ish available range and expected-to-be-lofty price tag" were expected to put the car at a disadvantage compared to entry-level EV rivals such as the Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Kia e-Niro. James Attwood, reviewing for Autocar, wrote the e Prototype has "nimble handling that fits its credentials as a versatile urban runaround — while offering the sort of fun driving response that should keep anyone already won over by the car's style happy."