Honda originally planned to sell the urban electric car in the US.
We've been besotted with the retro-inspired Honda E ever since the original Urban EV concept debuted in Frankfurt back in 2017. Sadly, Honda's adorable compact city car won't be going on sale in the US – but this wasn't always the case.
Speaking with Jalopnik, the Honda E's project manager, Kohei Hitomi, revealed that Honda originally planned to sell the urban electric car in America. "I really wanted to have that one as well in the US," he said "I personally wanted to see it. This car in size... for [an] EV, will be a perfect fit."
"The US was included in the beginning," Hitomi added, confirming that plans for a US launch were scrapped three years ago, but the project leader didn't confirm how long ago the project started. Smaller cars don't tend to sell well in the US, so the Japanese automaker was understandably worried "there would be no demand."
However, the Honda E has been well received by the US media, so could Honda reconsider selling it Stateside? The Japanese automaker didn't rule out the possibility. "I somehow expect that what we discussed three years ago may be recovered," Hitomi said with a smile. If the Honda e ever does make it to America, it would likely need to undergo some modifications to meet US safety standards.
Powering the Honda e is an electric motor available with 134 hp or 151 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph takes around eight seconds. Its 35.5kWh battery is said to be one of the most compact in its class, delivering a range of up to 136 miles from a single charge, making the Honda e ideal for urban commuting. It can also be recharged up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. Power is sent to the rear wheels, so the Honda e should be fun to drive.
Inside, the high-tech interior features a full-width digital dashboard with five screens including dual 12.3-inch LCD touchscreens for the applications and connected infotainment system. Customer deliveries will start in Europe in summer 2020.