Easily one of the most hotly anticipated cars of the modern era, the Honda e is undeniably desirable, but can it justify its rather punchy starting price? Well Chris Harris is behind the wheel to try and work out just that. Series 29: Geneva Online Motor Show: First Look: Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?
it comes from honda as you’d expect it’s called the e and as you can see it’s small pretty and manages that neat trick of looking fresh and yet somehow timeless it’s a lot like the original mini except here honda has taken that tried and tested less is more approach and really run with it you see the one question people ask about any new electric car is how far will it go on a single charge and in this case the answer is not very far officially it’s about 130 miles now if you live in gloucestershire and commute to glasgow that’s a bit of an issue but honda reckons for the rest of us it’s not such a problem you see it turns out less than one percent of journeys in the uk are longer than 100 miles so honda says there’s no point lugging around a bunch of extra heavy and expensive batteries that 99 of the time you don’t need how can i put it it’s like sometimes you’re asked to take a load of in-laws to a wedding right and what you need is an eight-seater mini bus but you don’t actually buy an eight-seater minibus for the two times a year you might actually need it what you do is you buy a normal car and you tell mad aunt gene to take a taxi and it’s the same with the e it’s not about what might occasionally be handy it’s about what you actually need every day and besides smaller batteries mean a lighter car and a lighter car should mean more fun to drive and this thing does manage that i’ve got a wheel at each corner it feels squat feels agile the steering is really quick and like all electric cars it somehow manages to feel much quicker than the numbers suggest it just punches out of corners with all that torque it’s great okay it’s not very fast not 68 seconds top speed 100 miles an hour and this is the fast one but that doesn’t matter the old mini wasn’t fast but it was fun and so is this however the old mini was also cheap and it has to be said the honda e isn’t this one is 26 thousand pounds and that includes 3 000 pounds from the government which is enough to stop most buyers in their tracks unless that is those buyers like lots and lots of toys now in here you get more screens than the dixon’s tele department have a look at this at a lot here it is remarkable to start with you can have japan in autumn i don’t know why that’s useful but it’s great and if you’re really bored and you’d have to be really bored you can turn the whole fascia into an aquarium don’t ask me why but the people on the thought it’d be funky now the rear view mirror is actually a camera facing backwards and both wing mirrors are also cameras with all masses is on the side of the car and if you really want to have a massive crash you can connect a playstation don’t get me wrong the little honda is great fun it’s just that 26 000 pounds is a lot of money for an electric car that aquariums aside isn’t really bringing anything new to the party and that’s a real shame because honda’s history is full of innovation and new ideas it knows how to do revolutionary better than any other car company but this e it’s lovely to be and it’s lovely to drive but it’s just a lot of existing technology wrapped in some fancy clothes