The electric hatch will have more power and torque than the base Civic, but in a far more compact body.
Power and torque figures for the Honda E, the company’s first electric car targeted at developed markets, have been confirmed.
The motor for the tiny hatchback delivers 110kW of power and over 300Nm of torque to the rear wheels.
With its previously announced 35.5kWh water-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, the E has a claimed driving range of over 200 kilometres on a full charge. The car supports both Type 2 AC or CCS2 DC rapid chargers.
According to Honda, the E has 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution, a low centre of gravity, and stiffly sprung four-wheel independent McPherson strut suspension for fun and nimble handling.
The manufacturer says the electric hatch has a turning circle of just 4.3 metres.
The E also comes with a sport mode, as well as a single-pedal mode, which engages aggressive engine braking whenever you lift off the accelerator pedal.
In line with high-tech nature, the E will not be equipped with traditional wing mirrors. Instead, it will have slimline camera pods, which will feed live video to screens at each end of the dashboard.
The minimalist cabin will also feature two infotainment screens, a set of configurable digital instruments, wood-like trim, and plenty of connectivity options.
In May, Stephen Collins, head of Honda Australia, told CarAdvice the local arm is definitely interested in the E, but cautioned the company “helped pioneer hybrids” and quit the market because “we couldn’t make it economically stack up and we had a lot of other priorities in our business”.
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