Honda unveils e platform and battery details
Honda has announced the details of the chassis, battery and charging details for the Honda e compact electric car. The car will feature a water-cooled 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion high-capacity battery that can be charged using either Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charge with at-a-glance LED indication of charging status.
The Honda e platform has been developed with a specific focus on urban environments. With the battery positioned centrally at a low level within the wheelbase under the floor of the car, the result is a 50:50 weight distribution.
The Honda e charging port is integrated into the bonnet, with LED lighting visible through a glass panel to illuminate the port for the driver and highlight the battery charging status. Displays on the dual touchscreens inside the car present the current level of battery charge, while a drivetrain graphic charts the current power flow and the regeneration and recharging status.
The battery pack is water-cooled to maintain an optimum thermal state, therefore maximising the efficiency of the battery and charge state.
Honda's new compact electric car is a key part of the brand's latest electrification commitment to feature electrified technology in 100% of its European sales by 2025. Presented in prototype form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the first Honda production battery electric vehicle for the European market will make its mass production debut later this year.