Here’s How the Retro-Styled Honda E Holds Up Against the Classic Civic
Honda likes to play a lot with heritage when it comes to what its cars look like. The Japanese brand also did quite a neat job in feeling the recent rise in awareness and love for classic cars and cleverly styled the Honda e EV accordingly.
We must admit, seeing the nippy electric car next to the original Honda Civic not only makes us want the EV even more, but also realize just how many retrolicious cues went into it in the first place.
Here’s What We Know So Far About The Adorable Honda e
Honda launched its cute little EV at the Geneva Show in 2019. The e features retro looks with modern technology and that caught everyone’s attention. Although the prototype was first seen in 2017, the e was in near-production form at last year’s Geneva show.
In September 2019, more details followed, and now, Honda has finally revealed all the details for this urban commuter. Honda had initially planned to get the e to the States first, but decided to launch it in Europe due to fear of low demand there. Here’s what Honda has revealed until now:
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?
The All-electric 2020 Honda e City Car Has Been Driven, but How Does it Hold Up?
The most logical place for an electric vehicle to be used is the city where commutes are quite short and involve a lot of stop and go traffic. That’s why Honda’s first mass-market electric vehicle, called Honda e, is aimed at city driving. But since city cars nowadays have evolved into posh accessories on wheels, it not only needs to perform but needs to look good while doing it.
This is very close to the final production form of the Honda e, and it was recently driven by Robert Llewellyn from the Fully Charged Show YouTube channel. He’s usually quite excited about pretty much anything that is powered by electricity, but in the case of the Honda e, he seems even more thrilled. But why is that?
Awesome Honda e Prototype Is The Cutest Thing At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Revealed in front of a massive black screen, the strikingly white Honda e Prototype was one of the cutest highlights at the this year’s Geneva Motor show. It is still a concept, just like it was two years ago in Geneva, but in this case, the e Prototype is far closer to production. It feels much more real in its efforts to combine modernity of the electric vehicles and emotionally charged retro styling directly linked with early Honda cars. The small electric city dweller with 124 miles of range takes the aim to shoot for the B segment of the European car hierarchy. That will make it a direct competitor to cars such as the Peugeot 208, or the Renault Clio, both of which have been refreshed and unveiled at this year’s show, by the way.
Honda e Prototype is 95 percent production-ready
Honda’s 2017 Urban EV concept has evolved into a fully fledged production car - it’s not exactly the same as the design study, with its two extra doors and more conservative proportions, but it’s still going to be a rather unique proposition: a rear-wheel drive all-electric city car with retro-inspired styling.
Honda Set to Inch Closer to Its Electric Future at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show With the 2020 Honda Urban EV
With a launch set for early March, the Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, and that means we’re already getting an early look at the huge list of upcoming debuts. One of the first out the gates is Honda with its new Urban EV concept, which looks to offer funky, simplistic styling, cute proportions, and a torquey electric powertrain, all of which will carryover to a full-fledged production model this year.
The Production Version of Honda’s Urban EV Could be Your Next Posh Electric City Runabout
Honda is testing camouflaged prototypes for the production version of its Urban EV concept, and even with the camo, we can pretty much make out the entire shape of the car and most of its details. Unlike the motor show design study, the production version will have five instead of three doors and several additional detail changes.
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It turns out the rumors that Honda was eventually going to put its Urban EV Concept from the 2017 Frankfurt motor show into production were true. Our spies have caught what is, evidently, a camouflaged production prototype of that study and, while it does do away with some of the concept’s craziness, it’s still an interesting and unexpected model.
Back at its motor show debut, the Urban EV concept caused quite a stir with its retro-futuristic styling and all-electric powertrain, although it was probably the former that made it unique. Honda seems to have left the overall design mostly unchanged for the production version, the big difference being that it has grown from a three-door into a five-door.
The concept also had rear-hinged (so-called “suicide”) doors, but this production interpretation seems to have regular doors. Another change over the concept has to do with the shape of the rear lights that are now round as opposed to square, mirroring the shape of the front clusters.
It’s also going to be Honda’s first all-electric vehicle for the European market, but aside from that, it’s also apparently going to be a sold as a kind of premium vehicle (according to some rumors), so it probably won’t necessarily be an affordable supermini/subcompact.