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Oh no! Honda is killing off the adorable e in the UK and Europe

Honda confirms the diddy EV's time is up

Published: 11 Dec 2023

Sad news alert: Honda is killing off the cute all-electric Honda e. Oh no!

Honda confirmed to TopGear.com it wouldn't be taking any more orders for the adorable EV in the UK and Europe, its mission clearly having been accomplished. Honda said it brought "many new customers to the brand with its distinctive design, advanced technology and trademark Honda driving dynamics".

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It also "spearheaded [the brand’s] strategy to electrify 100 per cent of Honda’s mainstream European line up by 2022". The stupidly-named albeit highly competent e:NY1 is its indirect replacement.

So why’s it been canned? We suspect the little car was just a bit too pricey (north of £37k for basics) and too limited in range (137 miles officially) to justify costs to punters, and so lack of demand has curtailed production.

The Honda e’s main problem seems to be that we all want to drive SUVs. No, not you. Not us neither. But the majority of "us", which goes some way to explaining why Honda’s revised strategy, pushing the aforementioned e:Ny1 (an SUV), the ZR-V e:HEV (also an SUV) and the latest-gen CR-V – yes, indeed, an SUV which comes as both hybrid and plug-in hybrid – is now the name of the game.

The Honda e really is a bit special - so special, we made it our City Car of the Year back in 2020. We’ll be sad to see it go, though current Honda e drivers should delight in the boost to their car’s value now that it’s well on its way to becoming a future collectible.

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