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New details emerge about Honda’s first electric car

Details of Honda’s forthcoming first electric car, the Honda e, have been revealed including battery capacity and charge rate.

Honda e Platform Infographic

Honda e Platform Infographic

The Honda e will feature a 35.5kWh battery, enough to provide the rear-wheel drive car with a range of “more than 125 miles”, the company said. This compares to the 182 miles provided by the forthcoming updated Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which is equipped with a 38.3kWh battery, and the Nissan Leaf 40kWh that offers 168 miles.

The water-cooled battery offers drivers 0-80% in 30 minutes, Honda added, using its CCS2 DC rapid charge ability, or Type 2 AC connection. This should equate to acceptance of 100-150kW charge acceptance, although Honda has not yet confirmed the maximum charge rate.

Despite full specifications having not yet been revealed and the mass-production version still unseen, Honda has already accrued 31,000 expressions of interest across Europe, including 9,000 from the UK.

Customers can make a reservation for priority ordering here: https://reserve.honda.co.uk/en/reservation

The Honda e forms part of Honda’s electrification program by 2025 that includes its new hybrids, such as the CR-V Hybrid.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.