Honda e Reveals Platform Secrets, Water-Cooled 35.5 kWh Battery Pack

Honda has detailed the platform and the battery pack of its upcoming electric compact hatch, which is simply named the Honda e.

The e is designed from the ground up and will be the first vehicle to feature the automaker’s dedicated EV platform.

Just like any other EV-specific chassis on the market, Honda’s platform has the battery pack mounted within the wheelbase of the vehicle on the floor for a low center of gravity. The Honda e comes with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and independent suspension all around, claiming to offer “outstanding stability in all conditions”.

Also Read: Honda e Prototype Previews RWD Electric City Car For Europe

The car will feature a 35.5kWh water-cooled lithium-ion battery pack that’s compatible with either Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger. Use the latter and Honda claims a 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

Honda had previously announced that the e would offer a driving range of over 125 miles (200km), which sounds less impressive these days than other electric vehicles on the market but still more than enough for daily commuting.

The charging port will be integrated into the bonnet, sitting under a glass panel and illuminated with LEDs to highlight the battery’s charging status.

The company has already received 31,000 expressions of interest across Europe for the Honda e, with a near-production prototype set to make its dynamic debut at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The full production Honda e is expected to debut later this year, complete with futuristic interior that features a dashboard dominated by five displays and rear-view door cameras as standard.

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  • ME

    Love this little car. Hopefully we dull people in the US get some real Honda flavor coming our way. A larger battery pack would be perfect for the US.

  • The interior is like Rolls-Royce of small cars. Unbelievable nicely done!

  • Ilbirs

    It took some time for Honda to show a bespoke electric platform but we’re seeing something that show clearly that the automaker watched carefully all that was done by the competition. We see:

    1) The floor mounted battery we’d see on a Tesla or an I-Pace, the kind of battery that translates on a full flat floor, always reminding that Honda mastered the art of designing flat floors already in the ICE era and even allowing bulky things like driveshafts passing under them;

    2) The Bimmer-ish 50-50 weight distribution we’d see on an i3;

    3) The liquid cooling for battery seen on a Mercedes EQC and soon also on the VW ID.3;

    4) A rear mounted motor that doesn’t protude that upwards and helps both in improved traction and freeing some good room, like what is seen on single-motored Teslas and soon also on the ID.3;

    5) Fast charging, despite not being as good as we’d see for a Porsche Taycan.

    For sure there are some shortcomings, like the tiny battery that is good for just 200 km (125 miles) but Honda is going after ways to improve this aspect, as we’re seeing by its participation in that joint effort with Toyota, Nissan and Panasonic for a viable solid-state battery and also researching by its own how to make fluoride-ion batteries a reality. Maybe the hardware mounted on the front to cool the battery could have been shaped a bit like the rear motor and free some space for a front trunk, but this aspect can be improved for the next generations of this dedicated electric base. For now the “e” seems very convincing and for sure a family of models can be developed based on this architecture.

  • SteersUright

    Lovely car. Would love to see a hot-hatch version.

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