Honda has announced that reservations for its electric city car – the Honda e – are now open.
Customers in the UK, Germany, France and Norway can now put their name down for one of the much-anticipated EVs via a dedicated reservation site.
A refundable reservation fee of £800 will get them a “priority ordering” slot and they will then be able to place a full order later this year, with first deliveries of the vehicle from spring 2020.
Pricing hasn’t been announced but most industry observers expect the compact urban car to cost more than £30,000.
The Honda e has attracted huge interest since the first concept version was unveiled in 2017. Earlier this year a 95 per cent production-ready model was shown at the Geneva Motor Show and the ‘e’ name was confirmed earlier this month.
“We are delighted to be offering a reservation option to our customers in select European markets for the first time with the Honda e,” said Jean-Marc Streng, general manager, automobile division for Honda Motor Europe Ltd.
“The Honda e in prototype form has received an overwhelming response and with over 25,000 registrations of interest across Europe, customers now have the opportunity to secure priority status to order the model.”
The compact rear-wheel-drive e is designed for urban environments, with a stated range of more than 125 miles and the capability to fast charge to 80 per cent battery capacity in 30 minutes.
It is based on an all-new EV platform which is expected to underpin Honda’s next generation of A and B segment electric cars.
Honda has already received more than 20,000 expressions of interest from across Europe, with around 6,000 of those coming from the UK.