It has been two agonizing years since the Honda Urban EV Concept was first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And although the serial version, presented this spring in Geneva, slightly lost in courage and originality, the Japanese definitely managed to please us.
Aside from the fun retro design, the final version retained frameless doors, pull-out handles – and even rear-view cameras instead of exterior mirrors. The lenses are installed on the doors, their bodies do not protrude beyond the dimensions of the car, and the lenses have a hydrophobic coating. This solution improved visibility, reduced the hatchback’s aerodynamic drag by 3.8% and significantly reduced wind noise. The images from the cameras are transmitted to the six-inch displays located at the edges of the front panel.
It is based on a new electrical platform, minimally unified with other models. It has an independent McPherson suspension “in a circle”, and the electric motor, by analogy with the Volkswagen Group MEB platform, is located on the rear axle. The traction battery with liquid cooling is located under the floor of the passenger compartment, the entire power and control electrical system is packed in front under the hood, plus connectors for charging.
Inside, the Japanese electric car is almost more spectacular than the outside. And here, retro notes just get along well with modern solutions. A cute wood grain finish and touching brown seat belts are made in the spirit of the same 70’s. Positioned directly above the wood, the horizontal displays ensure that the future is now. Landing is high. The seats distribute the load perfectly. With no outside mirrors and relatively thin A-pillars, you have a virtually 180-degree viewing angle. Honda e has only four seats, a modest trunk and a one-piece back of the rear sofa.
A short press of the “Start” button – and the Honda e silently drives off. In terms of accelerating dynamics, this is far from a Tesla literally imprinting you in a chair, but a speed of 100 km / h is achieved in 8 seconds, as promised. And the Honda e is also very quiet – as befits an electric car. Isolation from road and aerodynamic noise is good even at speeds over “hundred”, so the only irritant is the characteristic “trolleybus” hum. However, you can’t get away from it in any electric car.