Called the e:N Series
Honda, as with the majority of other major car manufacturers, is going big on EV technology, promising to go all-electric by 2040. As part of the big push for a more sustainable future, the Japanese automotive giant is getting ready to release some of its first EV models, starting with the Prologue SUV. The Japanese Manufacturer's latest announcement is bound to get customers in China buzzing: Honda is about to introduce a slew of new EV models known as the e:N Series, starting with the e:NS1 and e:NP1. While the e:N series gets ready for its debut, Honda is also busy developing three new concept models that should debut within the next five years.
According to Honda, the e:N name represents “Honda's desire to energize people who are trying to do things based on their own initiative in this era of electrification” and judging by the funky design of these little city cars, we totally get it. The e: comes from Honda's e:Technology, Honda's collective name for its EV endeavors, and the N stands for new or next, symbolizing the brand's move towards a new future.
Of the first two e:N models, the e:NS1 and e:NP1, Honda simply states that the cars will “feature sporty and exhilarating driving unique to Honda,” along with a safe, pleasant and smart “space” for mobility and simple and sharp exterior styling. The e:N range will feature three platforms; FWD, AWD, and RWD, and the e:NS1 will be powered by a single electric motor mounted to the front axle, producing up to 201 horsepower.
These models will only be sold in China, for now, but Honda is promising more models for international release, and the recent debut of the e:N COUPE Concept, e:N SUV Concept and e:N GT Concept is proof that the company plans to offer an entire range of EV vehicles in the next five years.
Honda's electrification strategy for China also includes dedicated Areas for e:N Series cars at over 1,200 dealerships across the country. Further down the line, the company says it will start production of its new EV line through GAC Honda and Dongfeng Honda by 2024, and will construct new highly-efficient EV production plants in the country. Currently, Honda does not offer any EV options in the US, but its range of hybrid vehicles, including the Accord Hybrid and CR-V Hybrid have proven to be popular. The e:NS1 and e:NP1 are set to go on sale in China in the spring of 2022.