The Honda E is an all-electric hatchback that is being sold in Europe and Japan. And while it’s impossibly cute looks and ultimate tech-savvy features are enough to win almost anyone over, its EV range is not. Of course, no electric vehicle is not without its faults, considering the Honda E is well-built and set to pave the way for small and affordable electric cars in the future. However, it’s tested electric range is not that great.
The Honda E was unofficially tested
A YouTuber that goes by the name Bjorn Nyland did an unofficial test of the Honda E recently to see how it actually lives up to its WLTP rating of 137 miles of fully charged electric range. Apparently, Nyland is known for this type of testing and even though we don’t get the Honda E here in the U.S., it’s nice to know that someone in the world is testing Honda’s smallest electric to its fullest potential. At least, for the most part.
Nyland’s typical testing procedure consists of him taking the car out to the highway and testing it under two different speed loads; the first one was at 90 km/hr (56 mph) and the second was at 120 km/hr (75 mph). For his first test, Nyland was able to drive the Honda E a total of 109 miles with a remaining charge of 6 percent when he returned to the charging station. He added the remainder back into the equation and figured out a total driving range of 117 miles.
For reference, according to Insideevs.com, the Mini Cooper SE that they tested achieved 132 miles under the same testing speed, but with a smaller battery than the Honda E. Needless to say, it wasn’t looking good for the little electric Honda. And when Nyland charged the car back up and did his test at 75 mph, the Honda E was only able to drive up to 75 miles, which was not very good. Especially considering that 75 mph is a pretty typical highway speed.
The Honda E still looks fun and cute
Despite the somewhat terrible, real-world test results, we would still take the Honda E in a heartbeat. It’s a cute little electric hatchback that has two different power outputs: 134 hp or 152 hp, both of which come with a torque rating of 232 lb-ft. So let’s say that it’s a “cute hatchback that can pack a really good electric punch.” Powertrain aside, we like that the Honda E is rear-wheel-drive, has a 50:50 weight distribution, and can be charged up 80 percent in only 30 minutes via 100kW fast charger, according to Car Magazine.
As far as the interior of the Honda E, we would likely refer to it as “futuristic retro.” The dash and center console are adorned with fake wood trim and a series of screens fill driver and passenger’s dashboard view. There are two 12.3-inch infotainment screens that sit front and center, while two outboard screens operate as the right and left side-view mirrors. Even the rearview mirror can be converted into a screen with the flip of a switch. The Honda E is extremely innovative and, despite its drawback in real-world range, we would gladly welcome it here in the states. It’s too bad it’s only available overseas.