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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

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