The Honda Urban EV Concept broke the Internet at its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in late 2017. The production of the Honda E is just as cool. From the moment the world watched the Honda Urban EV Concept a year and a half ago, the idea of owning an EV suddenly became a cool thing to do. The concept has evolved from a 3-door Honda Civic EF hatchback toy to a slightly more adult-only 5-door variant. Importantly, the Honda E has kept all the charisma of the concept.
Specifications are now available because priority order bookings are currently open in some markets, not in North America. The description of the car reads like the dream of an enthusiast. The high-performance electric motor develops about 150 hp (110 kW) or 148 horsepower and an impressive 300 Nm or 221 lb-ft. of couple. The major of the car comes from a super compact battery of 35.5 kWh which should allow him to travel more than 200 km. In addition, he will have a mode of driving “sport”!
The best of all? The Honda E is powered, has a perfect weight distribution of 50:50 and has a fully independent suspension. Could this be the revival of the Honda Civic that Honda enthusiasts have always sought? And wait, there is more! The Honda E will include single-pedal control, where braking will be more waterproof car cover often done through regenerative braking.
The saddest thing for us is that the car will only be available in the UK, Germany, France, Norway and other European markets. We are confident that Honda will see fit to bring the Honda E to Canada and the US soon, otherwise…
Honda Canada recalls nearly 84,000 vehicles
Transport Canada to issue a recall on nearly 84,000 Honda vehicles as a result of another problem with the airbags. We already know the story of Toccata, a Japanese automotive supplier specializing, among other things, in the airbags, which had concealed the existence of a major flaw in them.
Since the beginning of the scandal in 2013, several million airbags have been recalled. This last reminder is particular since it targets airbag inflating devices on the driver side, installed during a previous booster, could be dangerous. In this case, Honda Canada is recalling 83,977 Acura and Honda models.
This is what Transport Canada mentions in the recall details: “In some vehicles, there may be a problem with the driver’s front air bag gas generator. As a result, the airbag could deploy with more force than normal. If the gas generator breaks, fragments could be thrown towards the occupants. It could also cause damage to the air bag system and prevent it from inflating properly. “According to the Associated Press, the recall could be 10 times higher in the United States.
Here is the list of Honda and Acura vehicles recalled:
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If you want more information, you can visit the Honda Canada website to see if this recall applies to your vehicle. In addition, you can contact Honda Canada toll-free at 1-888-946-6329. Recently, you can also consult the reminder page on the Transport Canada website.
Honda will unveil an electric prototype in Geneva
The recent announcement of this partnership between Honda and Toyota and several partners for the establishment of a hydrogen supply network is not a surprise. The two manufacturers have been working on this alternative technology for several years and this Quebec offensive is a small step forward.
But, with the meteoric rise of electric energy in vehicles, it is possible to question the stubbornness of Toyota and Honda (if we exclude the electric Clarity sedan marketed in some US states) not to offer a vehicle rechargeable with electricity. Now, the deal will soon change, since Honda has just unveiled the first image of the electric prototype that it will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.
For now, we only see the front portion and part of the hood and roof. This first sketch is reminiscent of the appearance of the Urban EV prototype unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017 or even that of the Sports EV coupe presented at the Tokyo Salon of the same year. We will see if there is a real link between the prototype of 2017 and the one expected later this winter.
Honda no longer has a choice: it must accelerate its electrified strategy. It will be recalled that the manufacturer has already indicated that two-thirds of its fleet will be electrified by 2030, and to get there, the addition of some purely electric models will not hurt. The European continent, meanwhile, will be entitled to the same strategy, but by 2025, which partly explains why this new prototype will be presented in Switzerland in just over a month. Honda has also confirmed that a production version of this concept vehicle will be released before the end of the year. It remains to be seen if she will cross the Atlantic. We should learn more at the Geneva Motor Show.
A promising new technology for batteries?
With the electrification of a larger part of the global automotive fleet, the industry needs to find alternatives to the lithium-ion batteries that aboard a majority of electrified vehicles today. The Honda US Research Institute unveiled earlier this month the results of a study conducted in collaboration with the California Institute of Technology (also known as Caltech) and the NASA Laboratory assigned to jet propulsion.
The study in question focused on the development of batteries with high energy and density. In particular, the researchers discovered a new chemical formula that would allow the use of materials with a higher density, which would have the effect of reducing the ecological footprint compared to current batteries.
By overcoming the current temperature limits of fluoride-based battery technology, researchers have concluded that it is now possible to develop batteries with fast energy storage at a normal temperature, that is, a room, and not beyond 150 ° C as is the case at this time. Of course, it would be impossible to keep a battery at this temperature in a vehicle.
“Fluoride batteries offer a promising new chemistry with up to ten times the energy density of currently available lithium batteries,” said Dr. Christopher Brooks, Chief Scientist, Research Institute Honda, co-author of document. “Unlike lithium ion batteries, fluoride batteries do not pose a safety risk due to overheating, and obtaining source materials for them creates a much less significant environmental impact than extraction process of lithium and cobalt, “he added.
It is obviously too early to know if this technological breakthrough is going to make its way into the electric vehicles of tomorrow, but with such a potential for carrying capacity, it is permissible to bet on this.