Honda E Production Model Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show
The future is electric, according to most of the automotive industry. Around the globe, countries are pushing automakers to develop electric-powered cars so we as a planet can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and create a long-term livable world for our children. In the U.S., Honda currently has several hybrid and electric cars, and even a fuel cell vehicle, with a hybrid version of the CR-V planned with that model’s upcoming redesign.
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Honda has another upcoming electric car that’s set to be released for sale soon in Europe. The Honda e production model debuted at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month, and the internet was immediately awash with American automotive journalists wishing that Honda would release the car stateside as well. Sadly, that’s not part of Honda’s plan right now, especially since the American market leans toward trucks and SUVs, and the Honda e is a very tiny car.
The Honda e will be able to go about 136 miles in one charge thanks to a 33.5 kilowatt-hour battery paired to a single electric motor. The e is built with 50-50 weight distribution, so it’s expected to be a pretty fun little car to drive. Torque is an impressive 300Nm (approx. 232 lb-ft). The Honda e has two drive modes: normal for your everyday city/highway driving, and sport for extra responsiveness when you need it.
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The production Honda e will also have circular headlights and taillights, side camera mirrors, two 12.3-inch LCD screens, and an artificial intelligence system. Though deliveries won’t begin until next year, drivers in Europe can register their interest and will soon be able to start placing their orders.
While the Honda e won’t be available for sale in the U.S., American drivers can choose from several green Honda models, such as the Clarity series (plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell) and the Insight hybrid.