2020 Honda E verdict
According to you, the Honda E is the most eagerly anticipated car of 2020. Can it live up to expectations?...
The production version of the Honda e Prototype is tipped to cost around £30,000, which is a lot more than other small electric cars such as the Renault Zoe. It’s actually comparable to the Kia e-Niro SUV, which offers substantially more practicality and range.
Honda is hoping that electric city car customers will pay a premium for the car’s looks and urban-focused functionality – and that they'll decide they don’t actually need the longer range of a bigger battery. That could be a tough sell given the car’s limitations, but our initial impression is that the E is set to offer a nimble drive to compliment its eye-catching looks.
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2019 Honda E Prototype specification
Price £30,000 (est) Engine Rear-mounted electric motor Power 148bhp (est) Torque 221Ib ft (est) Gearbox Single speed auto 0-62mph 8.0sec (est) Top speed tbc Range 125 miles (est)
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