Honda’s “Electric Vision”, renewed and emboldened at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, is for 100% of the brand’s European sales to feature electrified powertrains by 2025.
The Honda e, presented as a production prototype in Geneva, is Honda’s first model to benefit from a dedicated EV platform and takes a bold step with its design and technology. The compact electric car offers trademark Honda driving dynamics, aided by the sporty rear-wheel drive format and advanced electric powertrain.
Honda is progressing its “Electric Vision” for Europe by confirming the name of its first fully electric urban vehicle – the “Honda e” – and by announcing that the next-generation Jazz will be available with a hybrid powertrain featuring the brand’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) technology and will make its international premier at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year.
The i-MMD hybrid system that will be available with the next generation of the popular Jazz hatchback has already won widespread acclaim across Europe for delivering high-levels of real-world efficiency and refinement in the new CR-V Hybrid. Ahead of its 2025 electrification goal, Honda will expand the application of its i-MMD dual-motor hybrid system, with the introduction into smaller segment cars an important first step.
Honda announced in May that reservations for the Honda e are now open in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Norway. A dedicated online reservation website allows customers to reserve a priority status to order the electric urban vehicle with a refundable reservation fee. Customers will then be able to place an order from later this year with first deliveries of the vehicle from spring 2020.
“We are delighted to be offering a reservation option to our customers in select European markets for the first time with the Honda e,” said Jean-Marc Streng, general manager, Automobile Division – Honda Motor Europe Ltd.
“The Honda e in prototype form has received an overwhelming response and with more than 24,000 registrations of interest across Europe, customers now have the opportunity to secure priority status to order the model.”
It was also announced the new Honda Power Manager Concept, a fully integrated energy transfer system that can distribute electricity to and from the main grid, as well as directing power flow from renewable sources and managing the interaction of an electric vehicle battery connected to the home.
“When appropriate, Power Manager can draw on energy from the EV battery to power the home, and minimize the demand from the main grid. It even allows energy stored in the EV to be sold back to the grid to generate an income for the owner.”
Honda is participating in a trial in western France, where Power Manager units will be installed in a pilot scheme, as part of the development of a regional “smart grid” to be completed by 2020.