Honda has revealed sparing details about its first pure-electric car for developed markets, the inventively-named E, and its brand new platform.
Although the company has yet to reveal the power and torque outputs of the motor, we know it's mounted on the rear axle and powers the rear wheels. It's connected to a 35.5kWh water-cooled lithium-ion battery pack positioned under the car's floor, and wholly within the wheelbase.
Fully charged, it gives the E a driving range of over 200 kilometres. The batteries can be recharged via either a Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger.
As previously revealed, a quick charger can provide an 80 per cent charge within 30 minutes.
Honda claims the E has 50:50 weight distribution, a low centre of gravity, and independent suspension, which help it to have "optimal" handling and "excellent" driving dynamics.
The production version of the E will make its debut later this year, and will go on sale in Europe and Japan from 2020.
A "prototype" model stepped out at this year's Geneva motor show, and given the company's recent history with these types of show cars, we don't expect much will change between now and the formal launch.
The company has confirmed the E won't be fitted with traditional wing mirrors. Instead, the electric hatch will be fitted with a slimline camera pods, which will feed live video to screens at each end of the dashboard.
The minimalist cabin will also feature two infotainment screens, a set of configurable digital instruments, wood-like trim, and plenty of connectivity options.
Last month, Stephen Collins, head of Honda Australia, told CarAdvice the local arm is definitely interested in the E, but cautioned the company "helped pioneer hybrids" and quit the market because "we couldn’t make it economically stack up and we had a lot of other priorities in our business".