The compact, all-electric Honda e is inspired by Honda's 2030 prediction, and a desire to improve the environment, particularly in busy urban areas. Engineered from the ground up to deliver a package perfect for the modern city environment, the all-new Honda e is the first BEV from Honda, and the ultimate interpretation of the brand's philosophy of human-centric engineering.
The Honda e features a simplicity of design that reimagines the character and aesthetic of a small Honda, while subtly reflecting the DNA of its forebearers. Designed with a focus on functionality and ease of use, the result is a simple, clean exterior with a unique style.
Complementing the simple and clean exterior is a cabin that features subtle, contemporary materials, creating a relaxing and modern space. The generous wheelbase allows passenger space comparable with that of cars in the segment above, with step-through access contributing to a light and airy environment. The landscape aspect of the full-width LCD touchscreens (see section 5 for more information) enhance the sense of spaciousness, with a wide field of forward visibility provided is through the wide panoramic windscreen. Furthermore, the wiper blade is hidden from view to ensure there is no visual obstruction.
Honda engineers paid special attention to enhancing the chassis to deliver an engaging experience behind the wheel. For its overall length of 3,895mm, the car is relatively wide, measuring 1,750mm across, with short overhangs at the front and rear providing an assured stance. With the battery located low under the vehicle floor the car's centre of gravity is just 500mm from the ground, combined with 50:50 weight distribution, a rewarding blend of assured stability and agile handling is ensured.
Driving dynamics are boosted by Honda’s Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) active steering system, which operates a dual pinion variable-ratio electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion setup. The two pinions allow the steering and power assistance functions to be separated, while the variable-ratio system adjusts in accordance with the geometry between the rack and pinion, rather than by the speed of the car, which maintains a steady steering feel.