Here are the full details of the adorable Honda E city car, which pairs retro styling with a modern electric motor for about $30,000
- This week, Honda released full details and technical specifications for its new E electric hatchback.
- The city car will only be sold in Europe, and is set to hit dealerships this summer.
- Honda plans to release several electrified vehicles to the European market over the next few years, and aims to only sell electrified cars there by 2022.
- The base model of the E cranks out 134 horsepower and 232 foot-pounds of torque, according to Honda, and travels 138 miles on a single charge.
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The tiny, all-electric Honda E city car caught everyone's eye long before mass production was a topic of conversation, with its puzzling combination of retro styling and new-wave technology.
And now, we know just what exactly will go into production.
Honda announced the full specs and features for its upcoming E electric vehicle - which it will begin selling in Europe this summer - on Monday, after debuting the car and its power specs in September of last year. The E will compete with other compact, city-oriented EVs like the Fiat 500e and the Mini Cooper SE.
By rolling out the E this year, Honda is starting to make headway on its goal of electrifying its entire European lineup by 2022. According to Monday's announcement, Honda plans to launch six electrified models in Europe over the next three years, including the E, a hybrid Jazz (known in the US as the Fit), a "stylish SUV," and another battery-electric vehicle.
Although the E won praise in the American press for its resemblance to its original prototype and its cutesy, ambitious retro styling - both unusual in today's car market, where styling is rather safe - Honda only plans to sell the new model in Europe. A Honda executive told Jalopnik last year that the company had initially intended to bring the tiny hatchback stateside, but that those plans were ultimately scrapped due to fears of low demand.
Since the production version of the Honda E was first unveiled in September, we've learned a great deal about the new EV's pricing, design, tech features, and on-road performance. This week's release, and the first-drive reviews that published along with it, complete the picture.
Here's what we know about the 2020 Honda E.