While Honda isn’t quite ready to show the full production version of its e Prototype, the Japanese manufacturer has kindly detailed all of the bits and pieces it’ll have under the skin.
Honda’s first-ever fully electric vehicle - simply called the ‘e’ - has a 35.5kWh water-cooled battery pack, which sits neatly below the cabin floor. It powers a motor unit at the back, which propels the rear wheels exclusively. Yep, the e is rear-engined and rear-wheel drive, meaning buyers can bore people about how their cute electric supermini is ‘just like a Porsche 911’.
While we probably shouldn’t expect the Honda e to be capable of big, lurid drifts (if we ever get one on a skid pan we’ll certainly have a go), but it should be a decent thing to drive. With the battery pack sat low and between the axles, the e has a 50:50 weight distribution and low centre of gravity.
You’ll be able to charge the e using either a regular AC port or a ‘CCS2 DC’ 350kW rapid charger, with the access point under a flap on the bonnet. Hooked up to the latter system, it’ll be possible to juice the pack to 80 per cent in 30 minutes. With the batteries fully charged, the e is good for a range of “over 125 miles.”
The production car shouldn’t look all that different from the prototype, which Honda officials claim is 95 per cent production ready. It’ll be revealed soon before going on sale in Europe late 2019, but be warned - the Honda e will not be cheap. It’ll be priced at a premium, closer to the £34,445 BMW i3 than the likes of the Renault Zoe and Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.