The Honda E electric vehicle, which debuted in Europe and Japan in summer 2020, provided a charming and compact zero-emission alternative for consumers. However, this retro-designed EV may be a standalone product, as Honda seemingly has no intention to manufacture more vehicles of equivalent size. During the launch event of the e:Ny1, Honda’s latest electric SUV, Rebecca Adamson, a Honda UK executive, asserted to Autocar: “We won’t be producing additional vehicles of the Honda E’s dimensions. I’m certain of that.”
Adamson further explained that Honda’s emphasis has shifted towards electric SUVs, driven by consumer demand in the UK. “Our product range is dictated by the market. As long as SUVs remain popular, our offerings will reflect that,” she stated. Honda’s current portfolio includes several SUVs, soon to be joined by the e:Ny1. The automaker, at a business briefing in April, also announced plans for a medium-to-large EV based on its e:Architecture platform, scheduled for a North American release in 2025. This, coupled with the fact that Honda is further refining its vehicle operating system for use in medium-to-large EVs, indicates a strategic focus on electric SUVs.
The Honda E, praised for its sleek design, was criticised for its modest battery and limited range of 137 miles, making it suitable only for city or suburban use and not long-distance travel with scarce charging stations. The e:Ny1, on the other hand, is a compact SUV offering a 256-mile range and rapid charging capabilities, allowing it to charge from 10 to 80 percent in 45 minutes. This vehicle represents only the second pure EV from Honda, after the Honda E, targeted for the European market.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Honda Electric Vehicles
Will there be a successor to the Honda E compact electric car?
There are currently no plans from Honda to produce a successor to the Honda E compact electric car. The company’s focus has shifted towards electric SUVs due to market demand.
What is the Honda’s new electric SUV?
Honda’s new electric SUV is called the e:Ny1. It is a compact SUV with a range of 256 miles and a fast-charging feature that enables it to charge from 10 to 80 percent in 45 minutes.
Why is Honda focusing on electric SUVs?
According to Honda UK executive Rebecca Adamson, the shift towards electric SUVs is driven by market demand in the UK. As long as SUVs remain popular, Honda’s offerings will continue to reflect that.
What is the range of the Honda E?
The Honda E has a range of 137 miles, making it more suitable for city or suburban use and less ideal for long-distance travel with limited charging stations.
When will Honda release a mid-to-large-size EV in North America?
Honda has announced plans to release a mid-to-large-size EV based on its e:Architecture platform in North America in 2025.