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Why the Honda e Electric City Car Should Come to the U.S.

Honda s small electric concept comes to mind when we think of the future of electric city cars. The tiny EV , dubbed the Honda e Prototype , made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, receiving quite a bit of attention for its simple proportions and retro-futuristic design. Honda says it will introduce a production car based off the concept in Europe, but it seems unlikely it will ever come to the U.S. We wish it would, though, because it'd be a nice change of pace from some of the overly styled EVs currently on offer. And now that Mercedes ' Smart brand is officially leaving the U.S. market , there's an electric city car hole the Honda e could fill perfectly. --> Along with the circular headlights and taillights, the Honda e Prototype keeps the look minimalistic with flush door handles and cameras in place of traditional side mirrors. Inside the cabin, occupants sit on sofa-like seats, and screens cover the entire dashboard. Images from the exterior cameras are relayed through two screens at either edge of the dash. To top it all off, this little Honda can recharge its battery to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The main downside to this car is its range. Estimated to travel 200 kilometers (124 miles) on a single charge, it cant compete for the hearts of commuters against the Chevrolet Bolt or Nissan Leaf. But as a purely city car, we love it. Expect the production version, recently confirmed to be named Honda e, to look pretty close to the concept, even if it doesnt end up coming to our shores. Check out the video above to learn more about the Honda e Prototype. The post Why the Honda e Electric City Car Should Come to the U.S. appeared first on Motortrend .


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