If you’re someone that likes the little all-electric Honda e, then I probably have two bits of information that aren’t going to make you very happy. The first one, you’ve probably already heard – the Honda e isn’t coming to the North American market despite the fact that it would be rather affordable for an EV with a starting price of $37,000. Even if it comes in the future, there’s another bit of bad news: Honda has absolutely zero interesting in doing a hotter Type R version of its first electric hatchback. So, what gives?

that aren’t going to make you very happy. The first one, you’ve probably already heard – the Honda e isn’t coming to the North American market despite the fact that it would be rather affordable for an EV with a starting price of $37,000. Even if it comes in the future, there’s another bit of bad news: Honda has absolutely zero interesting in doing a hotter Type R version of its first electric hatchback. So, what gives?

A Honda e Type R Would Be Great but Won’t Happen

Don't Get Your Hopes Up - There Won't Be a Honda e Type R
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During the Honda e’s debut in Frankfurt at IAA 2019, Project Manage Kohei Hitomi said no way to an e Type R:

“A performance version, like Type R, as we have on different models: I see this is not the way to go with the e. For some segments, it might be the right choice, and Type R is a way to express Honda’s capability as a sporty brand. But for Honda e, we want to provide a new dimension of values for our customers.”

So, what the hell does that mean? Well, I’m sorry to tell you this, but he went on to discuss the implementation of AI, new connectivity, and other services to “provide new values to the customers.” This is, apparently, justified by the fact that the Honda e can provide systems that simply cannot be offered in vehicles with conventional propulsion systems.

So, even as the brand’s “halo car,” as the big brass are calling it, won’t be offered as a Type R.

The Honda e Feels Like a Missed Opportunity

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Now, I’m a Honda guy. I have a strong fondness for the brand’s reliability, tunability, and level of fun some model can provide. But, I have to admit that I had a lot of hope for the Honda e. Thanks to its electric drivetrain making a Type R model mighthave been as simple as some software and battery tuning paired with some minor exterior enhancements. Instead, Honda has decided that it should take the car… I guess…. upmarket? That really isn’t Honda’s place. Maybe Acura, but not Honda. Honda has never been known for its technology, and I highly doubt that it will be anytime soon.

Trying to force the issue by skipping out on the Type R in place of adding AI and other futuristic nonsense is, I predict, a move that could lend the Honda e a very short lifespan.

Who knows, maybe Mr. Project Director Hitomi just isn’t the right man to be leading Honda’s EV offensive. The Type R name has always been tied to Honda’s smaller cars and, in my book, a Honda e Type R would get a lot of attention. For now, it looks like the Honda e will hit other markets with as much as 154 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, enough to get you to 62 mph (100 kph) in about eight seconds. Range is limited to just 137 miles, so it’s certainly not a long-haul car anyway. Pricing for the Honda e starts around $37,000 at current exchange rates.

Further Reading

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Source: Autocar

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