You must know that Honda targets region-based sales. For example, Europe receives different segments of Honda products that may not be available in the USA. Following this, comes the Honda e: NY1.
What is e: NY1? Let us enlighten you with Honda e: NY1 today.
In 2024, Honda has 9 EVs in line based on its trademark. Honda e: NY1 is one of them. However, it’s for Europe only. In fact, many people call it a European version of Honda HRV.
While the Americans receive Honda’s first electric Prologue SUV, which won’t arrive until 2024, with Honda e: NY1 – it is going to be the second EV in Europe. The first one was the Honda e EV. It was discontinued after failing to meet consumer demand.
Will Honda e: NY1 be a success? Or would it be another Honda e EV but bigger? Once we learn more about the specs and details of the Honda e: NY1 program, we may reach the summary of the question.
Let’s start, shall we?
- The Honda e: NY1 was released in early 2023, ready to sell in October 2023. Apart from Europe, it’s also available in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Germany where it became available to order in late 2023.
- The latest Honda e: NY1 is closely related to the China version of e: NS1 and e: NP1. The e: NS1 is the result of Honda’s joint venture with Dongfeng. Meanwhile, the e: NP1 comes from the joint venture of Honda’s partnership with GAC.
- Although, many of the European Automobile Industries, find Honda e: NY1 is interrelated to the Honda HRV. But it offers more than the Honda HRV. Details below.
- The Honda e: NY1 promotes a solid model of the Honda e Hatchback. However, it exchanges the retro style with a more clean slate and modern appearance.
An Overview of Honda e: NY1, a Foundation to Honda e: N Architecture
The 2023 Honda e: NY1 is a B-segment all-electric SUV built on Honda’s innovative e: N Architecture F. The model comes with a remarkable e-drive. It’s a masterpiece in terms of technical value. It’s pure electric and a zero-emissions drivetrain.
With everything onboard, the functionality of e-technology extends to different expertise. Continue reading to learn more.
Honda said, “E-drive is a remarkable 3-in-1 unit that seamlessly combines power electronics, electric motor, and reducer functionalities. This third-generation integrated axle drive has proven to be a success for Vitesco Technologies.”
** FYI: Vitesco Technologies is a global supplier of modern drive technologies and electric solutions. They supply Honda with the modern age-integrated axle drive EMR3, also known as the 3rd generation, Electronics Motor Reducer to power up Honda’s e: NY1 models.
The EMR3 weighs only 76 KG. Compared to its successors, it is really lightweight. It delivers an outstanding peak of 150 KW and 228.6 lb-ft of torque. Your e: NY1 can reach a top speed of 160 km/h.
This is the reason why Honda calls this drive unit the “3-in-1” drive unit. It smoothly combines power electronics, an electric motor, and reducers.
Over 3-quarters of a million Honda e: NY1 units have been manufactured since 2019. As the records show, eight renowned brands have selected the Honda e: NY1 by June 2023.
So, we believe this time, it’s a success on the plate as the demand for the new e: NY1 persists strong, and keeps solidifying.
A True Picture of Automobile Markets
The Honda e: NY1 has a fully electric powertrain. Based on the time, the e: NY1 was released in Europe, it faced the Hyundai Kona Electric as its initial competitor. If successful, the e: NY1 will join as a direct companion of the Honda Prologue, which’s been scheduled for the local market.
Let’s not forget that the SUV also gets an identical twin – the Honda HRV. It is likely to compete with the HRV following the same segment too.
However, the USA automobile industry has a lot of catching up since the next-gen HRV is to join the automobile market with a total linear style. It also gets a separate hybrid powertrain. Additionally, the most popular CRV gets a totally new trim with Sport-L hybrid.
That’s a lot to catch up! However, despite all the exciting news and releases, we believe the Honda e: NY1 brings value to the European automobile market. It takes consumers from a different part of the world one step closer to the EV-only future.
Honda e: NY1: Dimension and Exterior
It’s obvious that the dimension of the e: NY1 is similar to that of the European HRV. However, the e: NY1 is likely to be heavier than the familiar crossover HRV.
The new e: NY1 is 172.7 inches in length, 62.4 inches in height, and 70.5 inches in width. It is 1.8 inches longer than the HRV. However, in weight the e: NY1 is about 800 pounds more than the starting curb weight of 3000 pounds of HRV.
This weight is mostly because of the heavy batter pack of the e: NY1 which is clearly missing in the HRV.
The HRV is a hybrid SUV from Honda. Put it this way, the 2024 e: NY1 is generally the electric version of the HRV. It is fully electric and shares undeniable similarities with the hybrid SUV. The exterior of the e: NY1 is based on the hybrid HRV.
The grille is put behind, also the front bumper of the e: NY1 receives a more simple look. The e: NY1 has simply developed better aerodynamics than the HRV. It also has a bright white Honda badge, an exact mark to the electric powertrain models of Honda. It’s a new branding strategy.
Take a look at the back of the e: NY1, the full-length LED light bar is in place to assist you in the dark. It, however, also promotes style. The rear window has also been significantly angled.
It looks great and more fashionable. However, the new edition does feed a little on cargo space. Overall, it’s a nice edition and more exciting than the American HRV.
Honda e: NY1: Interior Cabin
Although the NY1 and HRV share many similarities, the cabin is totally opposite. The dashboard gets a complete redesign. It is a huge 15.1-inch vertical touchscreen. You can almost control any functionality from here.
As you have to depend on this large touchscreen, that’s quite dramatic compared to Honda’s current lineup. Nonetheless, this offers us a smooth translation to Honda’s EVs where technology gets the triumph.
Additionally, the digital cluster has also been renovated. It has now a simpler rectangular shape, unlike the HRV. You are welcomed with the subtle light lines by the doors. The seats of the e: NY1 are attractive with tough stitches and contradictory piping. It’s a quite compact SUV that you can’t resist.
Honda says the e: NY1 has this integrated drive unit, electric motor, and gearbox. It offers better scope for packaging and brings about more interior space. This is where the HRV falls short of 11 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Honda e: NY1’s cargo and interior are much better and more comfortable.
Honda e: NY1: Engine & Performance
The 2023 is a proud 4-door B-segment (subcompact crossover) SUV. It can cover an incredible range under WLTP test conditions with a maximum range of 412 KM.
**FYI: Under conditions defined by EU law, The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) falls under the conditions defined by the EU law. It is a laboratory test to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars. It also records their pollutant emissions.
The Honda e: NY1 delivers remarkable power, thanks to the e-drive of the Vitesco Technology. The performance attribute is a major contribution of Vitesco.
The e: NY1 is the first car of Honda to use an all-new platform – e: N architecture F platform. It’s a front-wheel drive car to make our life easier, safer, and more convenient for those onboard.
However, it can also support rear and all-wheel-drive configurations. An additional battery pack offers extra support to mount on an alternative body style. It is a 68.8kWh battery pack, where 61.9kWh is usable.
The electric motor of the e: NY1 delivers 201 HP and drives the front wheel. However, a less dynamic variant is also available at 180 HP.
If Honda is to seriously put an e: NY1 on sale, it has to reach from 0 to 60 MPH in around 6.5 seconds or less. Because that’s the ideal measure from its direct competitor Hyundai Kona Electric. We are talking about the 201 HP-based e: NY1 variant.
Honda e: NY1: Range
The Honda e: NY1 is equipped with a 68.8-kWh lithium-ion battery. It offers a 256-mile range based on the WLTP test cycle. Honda also confirms the fast-charging capability of DC will rev up power from 10 to 80 percent within 45 minutes only.
The fast charging has its benefits also, it will only take about 30 minutes to fill up the battery up to 80%. Everything is expensive these days, and gas prices are also on the rise. The compact all-electric e: NY1 can be really an affordable pick for all without the hassle of fuel engines.
Honda e: NY1: Color, Price & Trims
Honda e: NY1 has been released in six different colors. You can effectively choose from Crystal Black Pearl, Vermillion Red Pearl, Obsidian Blue, Aqua Topaz Metallic, Urban Grey Pearl, and Platinum White Pearl.
The Honda e: NY1 is available in two trim levels – e: NY1 Elegance and Advance. Both trims are available in high levels of configurations.
The base price of the e: NY1 will start from £44,995. The elegance will start from £44,995, meanwhile, the Advance would cost you £2000 more. It’s available at £47,195. Official sales of e: NY1 have started late this year from October 2023.
The e: NY1 will also cover a Five Year Care Package for Honda. It equivalently covers servicing, warranty, and roadside assistance.
Is Honda e: NY1 Another HRV?
Honda e: NY1 is assumed as the electric twin of the Honda HRV. But that’s it. Both the Honda HRV and Honda e: NY1 look like any B-segment SUV and that’s what Honda wanted.
Honda wanted to introduce a familiar vehicle, that consumers have had a friendly interface, also getting used to the electric drive. As we all know, it’s Honda’s motto to deliver electric vehicles by 2050 and remove all ICE-based vehicles.
The e: NY1 is truly dedicated to those who want to experience their first electric Honda, and also ride the friendly interface of the HRV. Honda didn’t want to introduce something too complicated for consumers.
However, we believe the e: N platform would bring more drastic EVs shortly for Honda. Already, the support front, FWD and AWD drive configurations are a hit. There are more to come!
So, No. Although the Honda HRV and Honda e: NY1 share some similarities, the two cars operate differently based on different architecture. Only a few parts of the exterior or functionalities may match to give drivers the feel of a homely drive.
Honda e: NY1 is a modern car on a unique platform.
Honda e: NY1 is the second electric car in European countries. Even though the first one failed to deliver the charms around the 2020s, we have high hopes for the Honda e: NY1. It offers better configurations and indeed a good value for its money.
However, the Honda e: NY1 is not available in the USA. We have to find our satisfaction with the Honda Prologue, HRV, and other available Sport trims. That holds quite a value for us too.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the Honda e: NY1. Is this similarity with the Honda HRV valid or do you take it as unnecessary? We will soon be back with another article on Honda.
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