Surprise! The car that Honda said wouldn’t be sold outside Europe and Japan is here in Malaysia, but the Honda e‘s appearance in the country isn’t because of a directional change. Rather, it’s here from the UK via the parallel route, courtesy of importer Weststar Motors.
The compact EV is the latest addition to the company’s stable, brought in to satisfy growing demand for new electromobility solutions. Gauging by the response, there’s certainly demand, despite the absence of manufacturer support- the Platinum White Pearl unit has been sold. It’s actually the second recon e sold by Weststar, with the first having being delivered last month.
It’s easy to see why buyers would be enamoured, because the all-electric hatchback is definitely eye-catching, with no shortage of presence. Inside, the visual highlight of the clean, elegant cabin are the digital displays lining the dashboard.
In all, there are five screens – two primary 12.3-inch displays, which can be operated independently, an eight-inch digital instrument cluster and two six-inch units on the sides. These function as visual displays for the car’s rear-view Side Camera Mirror system.
In the UK, the car is available in two grade variants, Standard and Advance. Standard equipment include auto LED headlights, a sky roof, rear privacy glass, leather steering wheel and Honda Connect with Garmin navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support.
The Weststar example is an Advance variant, and so adds on items such as Parking Pilot, a premium audio system and a multi-view camera. The grade also rides on larger 17-inch wheels (the Standard gets 16-inchers), on the particular unit fitted with 205/45 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubbers.
In terms of powertrain, the car features an electric motor driving the rear axle, with juice provided by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery positioned on the floor of the car. There are two outputs available – 100 kW (136 PS) and 113 kW (154 PS), with maximum torque rated at 315 Nm, and these demarcate the variants; the Standard features the 136 PS output, while the Advance has the higher 154 PS tune.
The Honda e supports AC charging via a Type 2 connection, and used with the company’s Power Charger with 7.4 kW (single-phase power supply) and 22 kW (three-phase power supply), charging to full 100% capacity takes 4.1 hours. Alternatively, DC charging using a CCS2 connection getd the battery to 80% state of charge in just 30 minutes. As for operating range, a single charge is good to provide 220 km of travel, so the claims go.
As for pricing, the particular example went for RM210,000, but Weststar says prices will vary somewhat from car to car as they are brought in, dependent on specification. It may sound a bit steep, but perhaps less so when you look at the UK price for the car – the Advance goes for £31,665 on-the-road, which works out to RM180k.
The company added that it is trying to source Power Chargers for those interested in obtaining them. Incidentally, a third Honda e is arriving very soon, so if you’re interested, take note.