Honda e Electric Hatchback: The Complete Guide For Ireland

honda e electric car
Price: From € 29,995
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 35.5 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 222 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Honda e Hatchback

Honda Motor Company is a leading global manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Honda is the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. The company is also the 7th largest automotive manufacturer in the world, with an annual production of over 5.2 million vehicles. Honda has won strong loyalty from its customers, given the reliability of its cars. Models like the Honda Civic and the Honda CR-V crossover have helped establish the company enviable reputation for reliability.

Honda is strongly committed to the development and manufacturer of plug-in electric vehicles, and has an ambition to achieve two-thirds of its global sales from zero-emission electric vehicles. The company is also committed to further developments in EV battery technology and also fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Honda is not new to electric cars and its previous EVs include, the Clarity Electric, MC-B electric, Fit EV and Fit EV-Plus.

The all-electric Honda e-prototype car is based on the Honda Urban EV concept. The Urban EV concept made its debut at the 2017 International Motor Show, in Germany. It is Honda’s first mass-market all-electric car. Honda is ramping up its commitment to electrification with all new Honda’s in Europe to be electrified by 2025.  

An adorable, cute, clean and simple design. The premium compact battery-electric vehicle (BEV), minimalist design has been inspired by the first-generation Honda Civic. Positioned primarily for driving in urban environments, with a range that is appropriate for shorter commutes. Honda is targeting the urban commuter, who drive up to 50 km a day. Also, do keep in mind that the majority of day-to-day car journeys in Ireland are short i.e. to the grocery store, school-runs, local high street, work etc.

The pure electric Honda e is built on a dedicated platform. It is available in only one EV battery size (35.5 kWh). The automotive manufacturer has been keen to stress that urban needs do not require a larger EV battery, and by reducing the size of the onboard battery, the weight of the EV is lower i.e. resulting in a more efficient electric car.

Honda claims a zero-emission electric range up to 222 km. Real-world range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, weather, road condition, tyre size, onboard services used and more. An EV range closer to 190 km is more realistic. Of course, the EV also incorporates regenerative braking to improve efficiency and electric range.

The Honda electric car can be fast charged up to 50 kW DC. The EV can be charged up to 80% in 31 minutes and incorporates a 6.6 kW AC onboard charger. The Honda electric car can be fully charged in 4.1 hours via a dedicated single-phase EV charger like myenergi zappi. Though the EV can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN plug, we at e-zoomed do not encourage using a domestic plug for charging an electric car. The EV will take up to 18.8 hours to fully charge via a 3-PIN socket.

The performance of the rear-wheel drive (RWD) Honda e is respectable. The zero-tailpipe emission electric car can achieve 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. The maximum power available is 154 ps with 315 Nm torque. The top speed is 145 km/h. More than sufficient for urban driving.

The interior of the Honda-e is minimalistic, technology-filled and good quality. The EV incorporates two 12.3″ LCD touchscreens across the dashboard. The dashboard also features a side camera mirror system (6″) at each end (replaces conventional door mirrors) and a centre camera mirror system.

Also on offer are a host of safety features, to include: collision mitigation brake system, intelligent speed limiter, traffic sign recognition system, lane keeping assist, smart entry & start and more. Despite the compact size of the EV, practicality for passengers is reasonable. Though the boot space is limited to 171 L, it is suitable for urban needs.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet.

Perfect for city driving. Easy to drive and park (impressive turning radius)Expensive compared to other BEV city cars on the market
Sufficient range for city dwellersOnly available in one EV battery size
Technology-filled EVElectric range not as impressive as some competitors


The All-Electric Honda e Hatchback (credit: Honda)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Honda e (from €29,995)
Honda e Advance (from €32,995)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 35.5 kWh
Charging:50 kW DC rapid charging (up to 80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 6.6 kW AC (0%-100%: 4.1 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1512
Width (mm):1752
Length (mm):3894
Wheelbase (mm):2538
Turning Circle (m):4.3
Boot Space (L):171

Honda e Advance
EV Battery Capacity:35.5 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):222 km
EV Operation Efficiency (kWh/100km):17.2
Charging:50 kW DC rapid charging (up to 80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 6.6 kW AC (0%-100%: 4.1 hrs)
Top Speed:145 km/h
0-100 km/h:8.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):100
Max Power (PS):154
Torque (Nm):315
Kerb Weight (kg)1,520-1,543
NCAP Safety Rating:Four-Star

History Of Electric Cars: Quick Facts

An electric vehicle (EV), also referred to as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is not a new invention or even an invention of modern times. Indeed, EVs were first developed more than a 100 years ago in the 19th century. Inventors from various countries, to include European countries and the United States, were the first to invest in electric motors and batteries. The first practical electric cars were built in the second half of the nineteenth century, with the first US electric car introduced in 1890.
Electric vehicles came into prominence in the early 1900’s, a time when horse-drawn carriages were the primary mode of transportation. Archived black and white photographs from that period show famous avenues like Madison Avenue in New York city filled with horse-drawn carriages. In stark contrast, a similar photograph taken a decade later of Madison Avenue showed not a single horse-drawn carriage. Instead the avenue was filled with motor vehicles, a new invention. It was the beginning of man’s love affair with cars that has lasted more than a century and still going strong. 
However, the uptake of electric vehicles in the early 20th century was short-lived, as gasoline powered vehicles propelled by internal combustion engines (ICE) become the preferred mode of transportation. Bottom-line, manufactures chose internal combustion engines over electric cars in the early 1900s for various reasons, to include, the costs and production volumes.  
It is not definitive as to where EVs were invented or to credit a single inventor. However, one known electric motor (small-scale) was created in 1828 by Anyos Jedlik, a Hungarian inventor, engineer, physicist and Benedictine priest. Hungarians and Slovaks still consider him to be the unsung hero of the electric motor.  
Shortly after, between 1832 and 1839, a Scottish inventor Robert Anderson created a large electric motor to drive a carriage, powered by non-rechargeable primary power cells. Through the 19th century a number of inventors were inspired to develop electric motors to include, Thomas Davenport, an American from Vermont credited with building the first DC electric motor in America (1834). Unlike many of his contemporaries and other trying to build electric motors, Davenport did not have a background in either engineering or physics. In fact, he was a blacksmith. 
Move forward a few decades and at the end of the 19th century, William Morrison created what is believed to be the first practical electric vehicle. Morrison, another American from Des Moines, Iowa, was a chemist who became interested in electricity. He build the first electric vehicle in 1887 in a carriage built by the Des Moines Buggy Co. His first attempt was not a great success. In 1890, he attempted again, with more success. 12 EVs were built using a carriage built by the Shaver Carriage Company.
The batteries were designed and developed by William Morrison. The vehicle had 24 batteries with an output of 112 amperes at 58 volts that took 10 hours to recharge. Available horsepower just under 4 horsepower. The vehicle could accommodate 6 individuals and had a top speed of 14 mph (22.50 km/h).
Morrison’s success led to others also developing large-scale practical electric cars. At the turn of the century cities like New York had 60 electric taxis. The first decade witnessed strong popularity for electric vehicles. However the popularity was short-lived as internal combustion engine (ICE) gasoline powered vehicles replaced the early electric vehicles. Henry Fords success with the then ubiquitous Ford Model T was the ‘beginning of the end’ for electric vehicles. The Model T was cheaper than the prevailing electric cars (US$ 650 Vs US$ 1,750) and could be manufactured at scale.  As they say — the rest is history. 

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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