Honda E RWD Electric Prototype Gets Put To The Test By F1 Driver

Formula 1 driver Alex Albon drove the Honda E Prototype at Goodwood last weekend. Toro Rosso’s pilot didn’t show much mercy to the small electric hatchback during the hill climb, despite traveling with a couple of Honda execs.

Its subcompact proportions will place it in the same class with the Renault Zoe. However, unlike its French rival, which is based on a front-wheel drive architecture, the E Prototype has a rear-wheel drive setup. The electric motor produces 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW) and 300+ Nm (221+ lb-ft) of torque, so it can be called a warm hatch.

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Performance is still unknown, but the company confirmed that it has a driving range in excess of 200 km (124 miles). The battery features a fast charge function that allows it to be filled to 80 percent in just 30 minutes, which is enough for the daily commute.

As the name suggests, the Honda E is a prototype, albeit one that’s 99 percent evocative of the final production model. It was previewed by the Urban EV Concept a couple of years ago, and it’s two months away from debuting in production guise, at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September. From there, the car will hit assembly lines before the end of the year and will launch in Europe next spring. Until then, let’s see it tackle the Goodwood course with a professional racing driver holding the wheel on video below.

 

  • B.Stokes

    The urban EV concept was so good looking. Beautiful shape. I know they couldn’t just put that into production but they could have at least kept the shape. This looks like the Urban EV concept with Down syndrome.

    • Stephen G

      Agreed. It happens time and time again. BMW 8 series coupe probably the biggest recent disappointment. I got my fingers crossed for the Mazda Vision.

  • Ben

    I want those cotton/wool seats and dash so bad. I really hope it makes it into production and comes to the US. I’m not a fan of EVs, but this design is worth getting in EV or ICE format. However, I think EVs would see more adoption if there were a relatively easy way to tune them.

  • TheBelltower

    I love this goofy little thing.

  • Christian Wimmer

    I like this car (range is ok for pure city driving) overall, and the funky colors which seem to be available on it.

    The only thing missing are side mirrors instead of those silly cameras. IMO the car would look even better with real mirrors and that’s my one major complaint.

    • Tydogg123 .

      Thus far, the reviews about the camera mirrors have been glowing. Sounds like they executed them fairly well and vastly improved the aero.

      • Christian Wimmer

        I don’t doubt it, but I am old-school in that sense and prefer to physically turn my neck to check the side mirrors. My current car lacks this feature, but it has blind spot monitoring and I still physically turn my head and stretch my neck to check.

        Let’s just say I trust my eyes a little more than a computer system + cameras. 😉

        • YOU STRETCH YOU NECK TO GLANCE AT YOUR SIDE MIRRORS? I AGREE WE STILL NEED TO TURN OUR HEADS AND LOOK AROUND BUT THIS SET UP DOESN’T STOP YOU FROM DOING THAT.

  • Salih Ahzem

    This will eat electric Mini for lunch, period! By the way, it’s weird that they call it Cooper SE like they are hiding it’s an EV.

  • ctk4949

    Hmm dont you want to see a little bit of your car in the side view mirrors??

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    • ME

      I’m on board if it comes close to this…with added me master of its class. Please Honda bring this to the US w/dual motors.

    • jfalckt

      We (us, who are on this site) would buy the coupe above, but ‘we’ are a drop in the ocean, Honda has to make the hatchback version because it will sell, it has 5-doors, it has broad appeal, it’s urban suited, practical yet still it IS still different. Honda should be applauded for growing some balls and getting a bit of its lost mojo back.

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