Honda has introduced its first electric SUV, the e:Ny1, which will be sold in Europe and other global markets. The e:Ny1 is Honda’s initial foray into the electric SUV segment, targeting the Volkswagen ID4 and Jeep Avenger EV. It is a key component of Honda’s strategy to gain a significant market share in the global family electric vehicle market.
The e:Ny1 utilizes Honda’s new e:N Architecture F platform, specifically engineered for front-wheel-drive electric vehicles. This platform prioritizes performance, comfort, and refinement, while also focusing on rigidity by incorporating high-tensile steel in 47% of its body structure to enhance stability and handling.
Powered by a single motor on the front axle, the e:Ny1 delivers 199hp and 310 Nm of torque, enabling an estimated 0-100 kph acceleration time of around 8.0 seconds. Its 68.8 kWh battery pack provides a competitive range of 412 km on the WLTP cycle, nearly double that of Honda’s short-range E supermini. Although charging specifications are not fully disclosed, Honda claims that a fast charger can charge the battery from 10% to 80% in approximately 45 minutes.
In terms of design, the e:Ny1 shares similarities with the Honda HR-V but incorporates unique visual elements to distinguish it as an electric vehicle. These include a closed-off grille, modified front and rear bumpers, distinctive wheels, and slim LED taillights connected by a band.
The interior of the e:Ny1 differentiates itself from the HR-V with a large 15.1-inch vertical central infotainment touchscreen, reminiscent of the setups in the Ford Explorer and Tesla Model Y. Honda’s characteristic physical buttons and switches are retained, providing a familiar user experience. The console cluster offers convenient access to essential vehicle functions.
Overall, the Honda e:Ny1 marks Honda’s entry into the competitive electric SUV market. With its electric drivetrain, appealing range, and distinctive design, the e:Ny1 aims to meet the rising demand for family-oriented electric vehicles worldwide.
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