Going electric: meet the Honda e

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Meet the Honda e, Honda’s first electric vehicle for Europe, designed with a combination of dynamic performance, maximum comfort and futuristic technology. There is no compromise on dynamics and handling, with power coming from the compact 35.5. kWh lithium-ion battery, driving the rear wheels via an electric powertrain which have been exclusively developed for the Honda e. What’s more, it’s packed with the latest technology and connectivity, making it one of the most exciting electric vehicles on the market.

In an increasingly eco-friendly world, it’s worthwhile knowing that electric vehicles don’t just cut CO2 emissions. The manufacturing of a car battery is the greatest contributor to an electric car’s lifetime emissions since it requires less energy during its construction, further lessening your impact on the environment.

Driving experience

The Honda e is sure to offer a smooth, refined and exhilarating ride, capable of driving for nearly 140 miles between charges. If you’re commuting an average of 10 miles per day, the Honda e would comfortably cover a week of travelling to and from work between charges.

The compact, water-cooled and heated lithium-ion battery has a low centre of gravity, allowing for a more spacious interior and responsive feel on the road. Honda claims 0-62mph takes around 8 seconds, with Sport mode sharpening the throttle.

The Honda e is seriously futuristic too. High-definition side cameras replace the wing mirrors as standard, showing the rear view on displays within the cabin instead. This reduces the width and drag of the car, stretching the range. There is also an option to upgrade and get the centre camera mirror system as well, whereby the rear-view mirror is replaced by a display that can be turned on or off.

What’s more, you can turn both interior screens into an aquarium when parked up, allowing you to poke and feed your fish. There is a selection of fish and backgrounds to choose from.

A Honda e
A Honda e charging

Charging at home

You will most likely be charging your Honda at home and work using a 7kW unit most of time. This will charge the battery to 100% in little more than 4 hours, which is seriously impressive. Plug your car in overnight or during the workday and your Honda e will be ready and waiting for you, fully charged. On average, it is £107 cheaper a year to own than petrol cars, as the charging points you will likely be using most of the time are free.

The charging port sits pride of place in the centre of the bonnet at the front of the car. There is the option of charging your Honda e using a three-pin socket, however this will take significantly longer, so it is recommended that you get a 7kW charging wallbox installed. A helpful member of our team will be happy to advise you on this.

Charging on the move

One of the most important aspects to consider when choosing your electric vehicle is charging it, and the Honda e certainly won’t let you down in this area. It can accept up to 100kW of charge, with an Ultra-Rapid charging point charging from 0-100% in just 20 minutes. There are an ever-increasing number of ultra-rapid chargers being installed throughout the UK and there is already a wide spread of 50kW rapid chargers, which will charge the Honda e to 80% in about 30 minutes.

Safety

The Honda e is equipped with lots of safety systems. For instance, there are a number of crash avoidance systems, including the auto-braking and auto high-beam headlights. The Lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control are sure to take the stress out of heavy traffic and motorway driving. When you get to your destination, the auto parking system will steer the car into parking spaces for you.

a Honda e charging display
Interior of the Honda e

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