Reservations for the highly anticipated Honda e are now open, with prospective owners able to claim ‘priority status’ to order the all-electric supermini when it goes on sale later this year.
The Japanese car manufacturer says it has already received over 20,000 ‘expressions of interest’ in the vehicle in Europe, with approximately 6,000 of those coming from the UK.
However, this provides the first acid test for the retro-styled car, with interested parties required to place a refundable deposit of £800 to get to the head of the queue. Deliveries are expected to begin in Spring 2020.
Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK, commented: “The official naming and the opening of the reservation process is the next step in the Honda e journey and the path to 100 per cent electrification of Honda’s model range in Europe by 2025.
Disclaimer: The car is the Honda e Prototype and may differ from the mass production model. The colours are for illustration. pic.twitter.com/K0qPHLgU6w
— Honda UK (@Honda_UK) May 21, 2019
“UK customers are leading the charge by being among the first in Europe to reserve their priority status to order the Honda e.”
As well as opening reservations, Honda revealed the paint colours that will be available at launch. These range from the launch vehicle’s Platinum White, to a bold luminous yellow. The other choices are blue, black and dark grey.
The Honda e debuts a new vehicle platform for the firm, built for EVs from the ground up. It uses an electric motor and rear-wheel drive, with batteries that provide a range of approximately 125 miles. With a fast charger, these can be topped up to 80 per cent in a claimed 30 minutes.