Honda Shows Nifty e Limited Edition, You Can't Have One

honda shows nifty e limited edition you can t have one

In yet another example of want-it-can’t-have-it from companies which sling cars on both sides of the pond, Honda has introduced a Limited Edition of its spellcheck-vexing ‘e’ all-electric city car. Appearing next to the machine is one Max Verstappen, who appears to somehow be standing on his own without support from ex-F1 race director Michael Masi.

This so-called Limited Edition is essentially a paint and wallpaper job, since it adds items like a unique Crystal Red paint shade unavailable on other trims, snappy black accents, and a set of 17-inch alloys (also dipped in a pot of inky paint, of course). The LE is built from a top-spec Advance trim which includes tech such as clever multi-view cameras on the doors and a heated windshield.

As an aside, does anyone else recall Ford’s Insta-Clear windshields from the late-‘80s and early-‘90s? It was a technology which essentially sandwiched the basic guts of a rear-window defrost system between two panes of glass so the driver could hit a button and be rewarded with an ice-free windshield in jig time. This author vaguely remembers being able to spot them on Crown Vics thanks to their pinkish or copper-like hue. Surely such a feature on an EV must hoover plenty of electrons from the limited supply in the 35.5 kWh battery of a Honda e.

That battery is, most likely, one of the reasons Honda does not offer this car stateside. Even the wildly optimistic WLTP estimates place the e’s range at a maximum of just 137 miles, a round-trip distance most midwesteners must travel to get a fresh gallon of milk in the morning. With cars like the Chevy Bolt and Hyundai Ioniq 5 getting nearly double that distance on a full charge, it’s easy to understand why Honda thinks the e won’t make a go of it in this country. Witness the Mazda MX-30, a otherwise slick-looking and attractive EV with a battery capacity roughly equal to the Honda e and an EPA-rated driving range of just, um, 100 miles. Last month, Mazda sold 23 of them in California. Hyundai sold 2,853 Ioniq 5 models in twenty-six states.

But we will maintain the Honda e looks tremendously retro in a forward-looking sort of way. If the little scamp had a bigger battery or range extender, it’d probably make bank on its looks alone (for comment on that phenomenon, we go live to the TTAC studio in Hollywood). The e makes 136 horsepower, if you’re wondering, and 232 lb.-ft of torque. It is priced at about 35,000 pounds in Britain, translating to roughly 42 grand at today’s exchange rate – about ten large more than a base MX-30.

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  • DenverMike When was it ever a mystery? The Fairmont maybe, but only the 4-door "Futura" trim, that was distinctively upscale. The Citation and Volare didn't have competing trims, nor was there a base stripper Maxima at the time, if ever, crank windows, vinyl seats, 2-doors, etc. So it wasn't a "massacre", not even in spirit, just different market segments. It could be that the Maxima was intended to compete with those, but everything coming from Japan at the time had to take it up a notch, if not two.Thanks to the Japanese "voluntary" trade restriction, everything had extra options, if not hard loaded. The restriction limited how many vehicles were shipped, not what they retailed at. So Japanese automakers naturally raised the "price" (or stakes) without raising MSRP. What the dealers charged (gouged) was a different story.Realistically, the Maxima was going up against entry luxury sedans (except Cimarron lol), especially Euro/German, same as the Cressida. It definitely worked in Japanese automaker's favor, not to mention inspiring Lexus, Acura and Infiniti.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Hydrocarbon based fuels have become unreliable? More expensive at the moment but I haven't seen any lines gathering around gas stations lately, have you? I'm old enough to remember actual gasoline shortages in 1973 and 1979 (of course, since then there have been many recoverable oil deposits discovered around the world plus the introduction of fracking). Consumers Power is still supplying me with natural gas. I recently went camping and had no problem buying propane.Texas had grid problems last winter because they replaced fossil fueled power plants with wind and solar, which didn't work in the cold weather. That's the definition of unreliable.I'm an "all of the above" guy when it comes to energy: fossil fuels, hydro, wind (where it makes sense), nuclear (including funding for fusion research), and possibly solar.Environmental activists, it seems to me, have no interest in energy diversity. Based on what's happened in Sri Lanka and the push against agriculture in Europe and Canada, I think it's safe to say that some folks want most of us to live like medieval peasants to save the planet for their own private jets.
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  • MaintenanceCosts There's no mystery anymore about how the Japanese took over the prestige spot in the US mass market (especially on the west coast) when you realize that this thing was up against the likes of the Fairmont, Citation, and Volaré. A massacre.