A First Look at the Honda e for Anyone in a Mechanic Program
July 11, 2019
The 2020 Honda e is still in the prototype phase, slated to hit the European market in late 2019. With a focus on comfort during city driving, the car is designed for short-range commuters who need to handle tight city streets. The public got their first look at this design when the Honda Urban V concept was debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Then, the final car burst onto the scene at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
Read on for more about this futuristic machine!
A Car Designed for City Driving
In the Honda e, side mirrors are replaced by a camera system. This provides excellent bad weather and night time visibility with glare resistance. Monitors are on either side of the dash and reverse camera angles aid in parking for tight spaces between delivery trucks and Vespas.
This car is set up with rear wheel drive, contrary to the standard move of city cars having front-drive, as you may know after graduating from a mechanic program. Rear-drive allows for sharp steering and traction. The balance of weight is further improved by placing the motor in the back, with a low battery for a deep centre of gravity. This keeps the car neutral when braking, accelerating, or steering.
A big feature is its turning circle of only 4.3m, just 40cm longer than its length of 3.8m. Combined with autopark, it will make curbside parallel spots less daunting. With the single pedal control, acceleration is activated by pushing down, with braking simply a matter of easing back on the pedal. For quick acceleration, this car can also be switched to Sport Mode to boost handling and performance.
A Design Based on old Honda Civics
The Honda e is styled to exude friendly, cute vibes and move away from purely functional aesthetic features. Reminiscent of the early Honda Civics of the 1970s, this car is cheery, retro, and appeals to emotions.
The seats inside are recycled polyester with textured weave. In addition, wood grain style trim decorates the cabin, another nod to 1970s style. The steering wheel is a large two-spoke, while the display screens for the passenger and driver can be alternated for easy control from either seat.
A bench makes up the back seats, which are snug but can fit two adults, while front seating is spacious enough to fit a tall adult, despite the car being shorter than a Honda Jazz. With concealed wipers and retractable door handles, the exterior is clean and simple.
Students in a Mechanic Program Will Want to Know How this EV Measures up
You may already know if you’re training to become a mechanic that range is a main area of competition in electric cars. It’s common for new EVs to offer as much as 400km or more. The Honda e will compete with the Renault Zoe, which sits at 390km with a larger 52 kWh battery. The Honda e has a range of just over 200km, with an ability to charge up to 80% in half an hour. This is satisfactory for daily use and shorter distances. In addition, it allows for a lighter, 35.5 kWh battery, an intentional trade-off.
The asynchronous electric motor’s max speed is still TBD, but test drives show a 0-60 time of under 8 seconds. With 148 hp and over 221 lb-ft of torque, the 2020 e doesn’t blow other electrics out of the water with numbers, but rather optimizes city driving and turns a very, very tight circle.
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