Honda can’t seem to stop showing its upcoming electric vehicle before its official debut. Recently, the automaker released new pictures (as well as new details) of the highly anticipated e EV (albeit in prototype guise). But unlike the initial images where it was painted white, Honda decided to make the EV pop thanks to a new coat of paint.
While Honda has yet to say what exactly this shade of green is, we wouldn’t mind having the production version painted in this particular color. Not only does it make the EV stand out, the new color actually gives the EV a sportier look. And why wouldn’t it be since Honda has said before that their new EV will be rear-wheel drive (RWD), have a 50:50 weight distribution, can be recharged to 80% in just 30 minutes, and will come with a lightweight and durable chassis.
All of these seem to translate to a fun-to-drive hatchback. Honda even went on to say that since it has short front and rear overhangs, it will deliver a stable drive along with sharp handling in the compact EV segment. Speaking of handling, the Honda e will also has a tight turning radius of 4.3 meters which means it will be easy to slot through narrow city streets.
But what is more impressive is that Honda claims that the e will come with 150 PS and 300 Nm of torque. If we were to compare it against typical internal-combustion engines, Honda’s new EV is as powerful as diesel-powered midsize pickup trucks, or against some turbocharged hatchbacks. Honda even threw in a ‘Sport Mode’ which they said will improve the EV’s acceleration response than normal.
Another noteworthy feature of the Honda e is its Single Pedal Control. In a nutshell, this means the driver can just drive the e with just one pedal. If you’re familiar with the Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal, this functions almost the same way. This means when you put your foot off the accelerator pedal, regenerative braking immediately kicks in and slows the car down.
Honda is set to officially unveil their all-new EV later this year and they are already accepting reservations. We’re just hoping it also becomes available here in the Philippines so it can go toe-to-toe with the Leaf whenever Nissan decides to officially bring it to the country.