Honda E gross sales halt forward of next-generation EV debut

European gross sales of the Honda E retro EV are being halted amid sluggish gross sales, Automotive Information Europe reported final week.

Unveiled on the 2019 Frankfurt auto present, the E market the beginning of a brand new era of compact EVs, and it earned reward for its cute exterior and dashboard stuffed with screens. Because it was revealed by executives, the Honda E was initially deliberate for the U.S., however higher-ups feared there can be no demand right here. Now it appears that evidently’s occurred in Europe as an alternative.

2020 Honda E

Honda set a modest goal of 10,000 annual gross sales in Europe after deliveries began in 2020, Automotive Information Europe famous, however solely offered 3,436 in 2021 and a pair of,110 in 2022.

Gross sales might need been stunted by the E’s comparatively excessive base value. In Germany, the automotive was initially priced at 33,850 euros (equal to $36,428). However the value rose to virtually 40,000 euros in 2023 after Honda discontinued the most affordable model. An underwhelming 138 miles of vary (from a 37.5-kwh battery pack) possible did not assist issues.

2020 Honda E

2020 Honda E

And within the meantime for Europe, Honda is promoting the off-key e:Ny1 crossover, which relies on Honda’s efforts in China. Its U.S. plans embrace the 2024 launch of Honda Prologue and Acura ZDX crossovers constructed by Normal Motors, with an in-house EV platform to comply with.

Teaser for Honda global EV concept debuting at 2024 CES

Teaser for Honda international EV idea debuting at 2024 CES

The timing of the Honda E’s demise may also be a calculated transfer to sign a shift of consideration to a brand new era of EVs. Honda is planning a worldwide EV debut for CES subsequent month, which it is teased with the above photograph.

The primary in-house developed Honda EV for the U.S. based mostly on that platform is slated to reach in 2025, starting a deliberate shift away from internal-combustion engines. It is also mentioned that its devoted EV platform might (later) have the ability to accommodate solid-state batteries.

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