Honda E platform and battery details unveiled

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The exciting new Honda e, which was first unveiled as the Urban EV concept in 2017, is the first Honda to be built on a dedicated EV platform. The car will feature a water-cooled 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion high-capacity battery that can be charged using either Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charge with at-a-glance LED indication of charging status.

Chassis and platform

The platform of the Honda e has been developed with a specific focus on urban environments, to offer a rewarding and responsive driving experience. The Lithium-ion battery has been positioned centrally below the floor of the car for optimal handling and stability through a 50:50 weight distribution. Power from the high-torque electric motor is delivered through the rear wheels enabling steering precision even at high acceleration.

The platform offers a combination of ride comfort and agility. Outstanding stability, as well as a smooth ride and responsive handling, is achieved through four-wheel independent suspension. Elements of the suspension components are forged aluminium to reduce weight and benefit performance and efficiency.

When combined with its compact size and short overhang, the Honda e delivers next-generation small car agility to make city driving enjoyable and tight manoeuvres in urban environments effortless.

Honda e

Battery and charging

The reliable 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion high-capacity battery can be charged using either Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid adaptor. This delivers exceptional usability to meet the demands of everyday commuting by providing 80% charge in 30 minutes, and offering a full range of over 125 miles.

Designed with a focus on simplicity and usability, the Honda e charging port is integrated into the bonnet, with LED lighting visible through a glass panel to illuminate the port for the driver and highlight the battery charging status. The charging port is designed to be positioned centrally, allowing easy access from the front of the car or from either side.

The battery pack is water-cooled to maintain an optimum thermal state, therefore maximising the efficiency of the battery and charge state, while also ensuring its size and weight are minimised so that it does not compromise cabin room.

Honda e

Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK:

“Confirmation of the chassis, platform, battery and charging details of the Honda e marks a key milestone in our preparations to unveil the final production version of the model later this year. I’m looking forward to seeing the Honda e Prototype in action for the first time in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.”