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Honda E Electric Vehicle

The new electric car from Honda, called the “E” is the first large production all battery electric powered vehicle from Honda.  The “E” will be marketed and sold in Europe.  Unfortunately the company has no plans to make them available in the US, too bad because this car is designed for the needs of urban San Francisco Bay Area drivers.  Small enough to cruise the congested city streets with ease in addition to fitting into the smallest of parking spaces.  The range is a modest 135 miles but offers a speedy charging rate, 10% to 80% in 30 minutes.  Honda has two HP options to choose from; 134 or the more powerful 152.  The exterior resembles a lovable, squeezable character right out of a Disney animated film but inside the “E” is loaded with high tech gadgetry and was designed without external side view mirrors which are replaced by two dash screens bringing the total to five which span the entire dash.   Other features include voice commands for several operations like stereo volume along with the My Honda app which provides up to date info on battery status and charge locations and allows remote operation of A/C and heating systems.  OK now the price, how much can Honda expect to charge for a short range super compact vehicle that will be obsolete in 10 years due to the fast pace of automotive technology?  A bundle, the base model will retail at £29,660 ($36,700) and the £32,160 ($39,800).  All in all a pricey competitor when compared to the Renault Zoe equipped with a 52 kWh and a 182 mile range for a few thousand pounds sterling less or the Nissan Leaf which has a 68 kWh battery, a 236 mile range and following in the Europe having sold over 12,000 cars in 2018.  Looking at the “E” it’s hard to imagine they will sell like hot cakes in the UK and Europe but for those high heeled singles looking for a sporty, super compact with a nice technology package this may just be the car.

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