100% of its European automobile sales will now be electrified by 2025. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – March 5, 2019 Honda e Prototype for Europe The Honda e Prototype includes a retro hatch design with smooth contours, stepless A-pillars, flush ‘pop out’ door handles – aka Tesla, and aerodynamic camera based side view mirrors. Beneath the skin is an all-new, EV-specific platform that allows for compact proportions, while a relatively long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs facilitate exceptional maneuverability. The retro theme stands out inside as well with flat horizontal interior bits including sofa like fabric often found in older homes. The highlight feature is the walk-through flat floor in both the front and rear of the cabin. A customizable dual screen horizontal display features a range of intelligent applications and services. Screens showing the rear-view images relayed from the Camera Mirror System are integrated at either end of the dashboard ergonomically positioned to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver. The vehicle also features a digital rear view camera increasing the driver’s field of vision. Honda e Prototype Interior Honda e Prototype Drivetrain The Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 100 miles with ‘fast charge’ functionality including an 80% battery charge from flat in just 30 minutes. The electric motor of unknown power specs drives the rear wheels. There are a number of problems with this “Prototype”. First being the range. 100-miles in an era of 300+ mile range B EVs will slow sales. The small car and retro look may be cool for the past but vehicles like VWs upcoming I.D. 3 with modern looks, excellent 250+ mile performance, and a price tag of less than $35k for the a 150 mile range and possibly $40k for the 250+ mile range offering. The big news however arises from the fact that Honda has moved up its 66 percent electrified drivetrain commitment to 100 percent by 2025. Early in 2019, Honda successfully launched the all-new CR-V Hybrid for Europe, featuring its two-motor i-MMD full hybrid technology. Honda expects full hybrid technology to play a key role in meeting its aims of 100% electrification by 2025.