ELECTRIC CITY CARS
The Honda e finally has all of its specs and details nailed down: a starting price of £26,160 (taking account of the government electric-car grant) for a 134bhp version, and there’s a pricier 152bhp version in Advance trim. Honda has also upped its green ambitions, promising that all its European models will have hybrid or all-electric powertrains by 2025; that includes a new electric coupeSUV in 2021 and another model based on the e in 2022.
China is set to get its own version of the Mini Electric as part of BMW’s tie-up with Great Wall. Great Wall will co-develop and build the cheaper, smaller version of the allelectric Mini and market it in China. It’s expected to be a three-door hatch to compete with the Smart ForTwo. Possible names include MiniMini, Rocketman II and Mini City. But doubts about the project linger, with insiders reporting friction between the partners.
Despite the planned PSA/FCA merger putting question marks over Fiat’s small cars, an electric 500 will still be unveiled at the 2020 Geneva show. And Fiat will keep the petrol 500 running alongside the EV for a while. Elsewhere within the PSA/FCA empire, the next Citroën C4, due in mid-2020, will use the same platform as the Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa, allowing for a fully-electric model.
Honda e: li’l car, big price, high hopes