Honda VE-1 electric SUV has a maximum range of 340 km courtesy of the 53.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack
Last year, Honda took the opportunity at the Guangzhou Motor Show to unveil the all-electric variant of the HR-V that is also sold in several international markets as the Vezel. Born out of the Everus EV concept, it has been christened the VE-1 and China is the first market where the EV will be up for grabs initially.
At the ongoing 2019 Shanghai Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer has presented the Vezel VE-1 Sport EV and it stands in testament to the brand’s commitment to the People’s Republic towards electric mobility and associated solutions. Having a strong presence in China plays a big part in any carmaker’s global sales and Honda is wary of that.
Having the e-SUV based on the highly popular Vezel is the right step forwards as it has an athletic yet conventional look in modern standards. The VE-1 is a certain evolution of the Vezel barring the apparent addition of the electric powertrain. It comes equipped with an electric motor good enough to kick out 163 PS and 280 Nm of peak torque.
The high capacity 53.5 kWh Li-ion battery pack enables the Honda Vezel VE-1 to have a claimed driving of 340 kilometres on a single charge on the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) format. The electric SUV measures 4,308 mm in length, 1,824 mm in width and has 1,625 mm height with 2,610 mm wheelbase.
The electric SUV features three driving modes: Normal, Battery Saver and Sport. As their name suggests each has different capabilities. In Normal mode, the VE-1 offers a perfect balance between performance and efficiency while the Sport mode concentrates on making the most out of the SUV’s handling with more immediate throttle response.
On the Battery Saver, the VE-1 will eke out the maximum range it possibly range when employed. The Honda VE-1 has a starting price of 1,70,800 yuan (around Rs. 18 lakh). Honda will be debuting its first zero-emission model in India reportedly in 2023-24 while a comprehensive hybrid version of the City is coming in 2021.