Honda Launch N-VAN e: Mini-EV in Japan

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is set to commence sales of its new commercial-use mini-EV, the N-VAN e:, in Japan on October 10, 2024

The N-VAN e: is an evolution of the gasoline-powered N-VAN, renowned for its versatility in both commercial and recreational use. This new EV variant retains key features such as a spacious cargo area, a flat low floor, and a high ceiling. Additionally, it includes unique EV benefits like a power output function and a quieter cabin. This marks a significant step for Honda as it expands its EV lineup, starting with the popular commercial-use light van model

Overview of the N-VAN e:

Through the integration of a large-capacity battery, a downsized eAxle, and a centralized layout of high-voltage components, the N-VAN e: achieves a practical range of 245 km (152 miles) in WLTC mode. Charging is efficient with approximately 4.5 hours for normal charging (6.0 kW output) and around 30 minutes for fast charging (50 kW output). The advanced battery cooling and heating system further ensures optimal performance across various temperatures, contributing to shorter charging times and extended range, especially in colder weather.

Model Variants

Honda offers four variants of the N-VAN e: to cater to diverse customer needs:

Honda Launch N-VAN e: Interior Cabin

e: L4: The standard 4-seater model, suitable for a wide range of purposes. It includes a 7-inch LCD meter for displaying various information and comes in several two-tone exterior color options.

e: FUN: Based on the e: L4, this variant is tailored for leisure activities with a stylish design, natural beige interior, and additional features like fast charging capability and LED headlights.

e: G: Designed exclusively for commercial use, this single-seat variant maximizes cargo space by eliminating the passenger seat, increasing interior length by 95 mm and lowering the floor height by 120 mm compared to the e: L4 and e: FUN types.

e: L2: Featuring a front/rear tandem seat configuration on the driver side and a large pillar-less opening on the passenger side, this variant enhances accessibility for loading and unloading.

The e: G and e: L2 models will be available exclusively for lease through the Honda Fleet Sales Division and Honda’s online store, Honda ON.

Safety Features

All N-VAN e: variants come equipped with advanced safety and driver-assistive features as standard. Notably, the N-VAN e: is the first commercial-use light van in the market to offer side curtain airbags for both the driver and front passenger seats. It also introduces the Post-Collision Braking System, a first for mini-vehicles in Japan, to mitigate secondary damage in the event of a collision.

Safety functions available for e: L4/e: FUN:

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
Collision Mitigation Throttle Control
Rear Collision Mitigation Throttle Control
Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Lead Car Departure Notification System
Traffic Sign Recognition
Auto High Beam Headlights
Parking Sensor System (Front/Rear)
Unintended Acceleration Mitigation

Safety functions available for e: G/e: L2:

Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
Auto High Beam Headlights
Parking Sensor System (Rear)
The N-VAN e: supports Honda Total Care, a members-only support service offering features like setting departure times for optimal cabin temperature and battery charging, managing charging schedules to avoid peak electricity prices, and setting maximum charging levels to reduce battery degradation.

Pricing and Availability

The N-VAN e: is priced as follows (including 10% consumption tax):

e: L4: ¥2,699,400 (standard), ¥2,809,400 (with quick charging)
e: FUN: ¥2,919,400 (with quick charging)
e: G: ¥2,439,800 (standard), ¥2,549,800 (with quick charging)
e: L2: ¥2,549,800 (standard), ¥2,659,800 (with quick charging)

These prices are suggested retail prices and may vary based on sales companies. They include a spare tire, standard tools, and a jack, but exclude insurance premiums, registration costs, and optional features.