June 14, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

Honda Motor to mass produce e Compact Electric Car in Europe

Honda designs e powertrain for maximum efficiency, usability

As Honda Motor proceeds to its electrification program, the Japanese automaker revealed the details of the chassis, battery, and charging details of the Honda e Compact Electric Car, the brand’s first vehicle to be built on a sole EV platform.

Developed with a specific focus on urban environments, the Honda e platform’s battery is positioned centrally at a low level within the wheelbase under the floor of the car, the result is a 50:50 weight distribution for optimal handling, stability, and excellent Honda driving dynamics. The power from the high-torque electric motor is delivered through the rear wheels enabling steering precision even at high acceleration.

The platform also offers a combination of ride comfort and agility. The four-wheel independent suspension is engineered to offer outstanding stability in all conditions, a smooth ride and responsive handling.

The reliable 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion high-capacity battery can be charged using either Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger. With a full range of over 200 kms, the fast-charge capability will deliver exceptional usability to meet the demands of everyday commuting providing 80% charge in 30 minutes.

Designed for simplicity and usability the Honda e’s charging port is attached on the bonnet and has an LED lights to make it visible to the driver and to highlight the battery charging status.

Displays on the dual touchscreens inside the car present the current level of battery charge, while a drivetrain graphic charts the current power flow and the regeneration and recharging status.

The battery pack is water-cooled to maintain an optimum thermal state, therefore maximizing the efficiency of the battery and charge state, while also ensuring its size and weight are minimized so that it does not compromise cabin room.

According to Honda, its new compact electric car will be mass produced to the European market later this year.

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