The twee, pure-electric Honda e is now open for reservations. That is, for select European buyers.
- Honda has opened the orders for its much anticipated Honda e, retro-styled electric vehicle.
- Sadly for American would-be buyers, Honda is only taking orders from European customers.
- We don’t expect the Honda e to ever make it to the US, but the rear-wheel drive electrified platform will likely underpin future cars for this market.
This week Japanese automaker Honda announced that it has opened the registration books for residents of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Norway to pre-order the brand’s first-ever compact EV to ride on its own dedicated platform.
Since it revealed the prototype version of the EV back in March, Honda claims it has received “over 25,000 expressions of interest across Europe, with approximately 6,000 of those coming from the U.K.”
That said, indicating you’re interested in buying something is a sight different than actually shelling out the $1,012 (albeit refundable) deposit required to save your space on the first Honda e production run. That’s exactly what buyers will have to do to receive their very own Honda e when deliveries begin in Spring 2020 — about a year from now.
At launch, Honda e will be available in one of five select exterior colors: Platinum White Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Crystal Blue Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, and Charge Yellow. If you want to be one of the first to own the Honda e, you can place your registration here.
Honda is pushing forward with the Honda e from prototype to production for select European markets because it aims to fully electrify its entire product portfolio for Europe by 2025. The Honda e is the first step, albeit small, toward that goal.
To refresh your memory, Honda claims a 125-mile range for the Honda e. Plus, it is said to be able to receive an 80% charge in just 30 minutes on a fast charger.
Unfortunately, along with the announcement of registering orders and production colors, Honda did not indicate whether the enchanting interior that I dubbed ‘1990s future’ will carry forward from prototype into production.
Based upon the fact that it seems essentially nothing on the exterior has changed since we last saw the Honda e in March, I am guessing it won’t. Or, at least, my fingers are crossed it won’t.
As for that exterior, rumor has it, that the Honda e’s retro-futuristic facia is going to be spread across the product lineup, along with its rear-wheel drive powertrain. Can you imagine the next-generation Civic offered in rear-wheel drive EV form with that face? I can’t help but imagine Honda would sell a ton of them.
Whether that rumor is true or not, the Honda e indicates Honda’s interested in not only electrifying its fleet of vehicles but also adding some distinctive styling to them as well. Honda used to be known as the weird-but-cool Japanese brand. From its showrooms you could expect to find a clever but atypical product line.
I mean, take the 1988 Prelude sports coupe offered with four-wheel steering for example. That’s the kind of weird-but-brilliant engineering Honda needs to bring to the electrification space. Let Porsche do the out-and-out performance. Let Benz do luxury. Honda can bring some much-needed wackiness to the e-mobility market.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: electric cars don’t have to be bland. In fact, they should be anything but. So kudos to Honda for bringing a bit of peculiarity to the European EV market.