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Honda has taken a while to recognize the e-trend. Civic and Jazz in the e-version? Missing. At least the Japanese have finally managed to put an electric car on the road with the Honda e – and it has a lot going for it, as you can see in the video.

Honda is clearly one of the latecomers when it comes to electromobility, and only recently launched its first electric car. The Japanese group is one of the largest and best-known companies in the world. The history of Honda, however, began very small and modest, in 1922 at the foot of Mount Fuji.

Soichiro Honda returned to his home village after training as a mechanic and opened a small workshop. In 1937, Honda founded the first major company called Tokai Seiki, which produced piston rings. The turmoil of war did not stop Tokai Seiki either. Towards the end of the Second World War, the company was almost completely destroyed. But Soichiro Honda was not deterred and continued with a new venture just one year after the end of the war.

Honda Technical Research Institute initially produced generator engines for bicycles. The forerunners of the Honda motorcycles are well received after the privations of the war and the motor-driven bicycle is continuously developed further. Only one year later, engines are produced on the company’s own assembly line, and in 1948 Honda founds the Honda Motor Company together with Takeo Fujisawa.

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In 1949, the time had finally come: Honda started production of the first completely independently designed motorcycle. Only six years later, Honda is the largest motorcycle brand in Japan. From then on, the Honda company went steadily uphill.

In 1956, the company’s guiding principle was issued: The principle “Think global, act local Honda has remained faithful to this day. Honda has not yet entered into a merger with any outside group and, along with Toyota – which has been equally hesitant on the subject of electric cars so far – is one of the few independent Japanese automakers.

Over the course of the next few years, Honda expands worldwide and branches for the sale of Honda motorcycles are established everywhere. The first foreign production facility opens in Belgium in 1962. In 1963, a new era is ushered in at Honda: the manufacturer decides to also produce cars in the future.

First to be launched in 1967 is the small N360, the forefather of all Hondas. In 1972, it was followed by the mid-size Civic, of which more than 24 million vehicles left the factory in the years to come. In 1986, Honda ventured into the premium segment with the newly founded Acura brand.

While Honda took its time with the first battery electric car, it was one of the pioneers in the development of a fuel cell car. As early as 2006, the FCX Clarity is proudly presented, the first commercially sold hydrogen fuel cell car.

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By 2014, Honda had sold a staggering three hundred million motorcycles, and in 2016, the Japanese also broke the 100 million mark in car production. With an annual production of over 20 million engines, Honda is the largest engine manufacturer in the world. Honda even enters the aircraft market in 2015 and at the same time makes its first tentative attempts to gain a foothold in the electric vehicle market.

The NSX, a hybrid super sports car for racing, with three electric motors and a V6 gasoline engine after all, makes the start in 2017.

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Honda e – the first electric car from Japan

Last year saw the launch of the Honda e, the first purely battery-electric car, which was able to prove its suitability for everyday use in tests. The five-door rear-wheel-drive electric car is available in the basic variant from 33.850 euros and as an Advance model from 38.000 euros.

Although the Honda e is “only” a a small car, yet it immediately catches the eye. The design, according to Honda, is meant to pay homage to times gone by and is reminiscent of the first Civic from 1972. The small electric car does not look old-fashioned at all, but exudes its very own charm of modernity and retro.

What makes the Honda e so exceptional is hard to pinpoint. Perhaps it’s the successful combination of modern form peppered with retro details – the large circular headlights look like eyes widened in surprise and the entire front end is somewhat reminiscent of a mischievous facial expression.

Although the Japanese car is a nimble little city runabout, it is by no means cramped – on the contrary. In addition, the interior also features a skillful blend of past and modern design language. The best example of this is certainly the wood-look dashboard, with a huge display front above it. On each side are digital rear-view mirrors, whose images are captured by two cameras.

The trunk is not really lush with a capacity of about 170 liters. You’ll probably have to fold back the rear seats for weekend shopping. But then you’ll have room for 861 liters.

At 145 km/h, the e-car is not particularly fast and the range of the Honda e of 220 km in the optimum case (on the highway at 130 km/h it is only 100 kilometers) is also not exceptional. For city driving, however, the performance is perfectly adequate, so there’s no need to worry about range anxiety. The city runabout can be charged in numerous ways, whether simply via the Schuko plug, via Type 2 or CCS up to a maximum of 50 kWh. If you find a fast charger, it takes about half an hour to go from 10 to 80 percent, and about 5 hours at the single-phase 32A (7.4 kW) wallbox with a Type 2 plug.

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Honda e - the first electric car from Japan

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Honda SUV e:Prototype: Honda’s rush to China

The Honda SUV e:Prototype is the first SUV to be launched by the Japanese. At the Shanghai Auto Show 2021 in April, the large electric car for the Chinese market was presented. The goal is clear: to grow in the Chinese market. For the reason the Japanese want to 2026 ten electric models to China.

The electric prototype is to make the start here, with series production expected to roll off the factory line in spring 2022. According to Honda, this is supposed to stand for dynamic but smooth acceleration performance. The third-generation Honda Connect infotainment system, also unveiled in Shanghai, is also said to be included. Not much is known yet about the electric technology, as well as whether the Honda SUV e:prototype will be offered outside of China. It bears a resemblance at least to the new Honda HR-V, which is due to be launched at the end of 2021.

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Honda: All-electric in Europe by the end of 2022

The Japanese may have been late to electric mobility, but like most other carmakers, they see their future in the production of electric cars. In an interview with the British car magazine Autocar, Ian Howells, Honda’s vice president, reiterated the group’s ambitious goal: in just two years, by the end of 2022, all vehicles for the European market should be equipped with an electric drive. Honda no longer wants to offer pure gasoline and diesel vehicles in Europe. However, Honda will not initially focus solely on electric cars. Ian Howells assumes that various technologies will be important during the transformation process: “Synthetic fuels, biogas, hydrogen and, to a certain extent, conventional fuels and batteries can be important here.”, he told Autocar.

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The Japanese company therefore plans to produce both electric and hybrid cars. But of course Honda will be guided by what lawmakers say, as Howells points out, “If lawmakers get going as we get closer to 2035, so will we. And if they also turn away from hybrid drives, we will also move our technology in a different direction.”

Ultimately, the Japanese will have no choice if they want to continue selling cars. But no matter what’s to come, there’s one thing you won’t let Honda get away with: The new electric mobility strategy will definitely focus on exciting technical innovations and driving fun.

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