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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  • FreedMike Back in the '70s, the one thing keeping consumers from buying more Datsuns was styling - these guys were bringing over some of the ugliest product imaginable. Remember the F10? As hard as I try to blot that rolling aberration from my memory, it comes back. So the name change to Nissan made sense, and happened right as they started bringing over good-looking product (like the Maxima that will be featured in this series). They made a pretty clean break.
  • Flowerplough Liability - Autonomous vehicles must be programmed to make life-ending decisions, and who wants to risk that? Hit the moose or dive into the steep grassy ditch? Ram the sudden pile up that is occurring mere feet in front of the bumper or scan the oncoming lane and swing left? Ram the rogue machine that suddenly swung into my lane, head on, or hop up onto the sidewalk and maybe bump a pedestrian? With no driver involved, Ford/Volkswagen or GM or whomever will bear full responsibility and, in America, be ambulance-chaser sued into bankruptcy and extinction in well under a decade. Or maybe the yuge corporations will get special, good-faith, immunity laws, nation-wide? Yeah, that's the ticket.
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