Why the Honda E could save the day once again
Could history be about to repeat itself?
Nearly 50 years ago, Honda launched the humble Civic, a small hatchback for the honest consumer, a car that would prove to be both economical and reliable as the years went by.
The timing of such a model was crucial, as only a year later the oil crisis would hit, sending fuel prices through the roof. This was important, as before this most people (especially the US customer) were concerned with bigger, larger, and more in nearly every department. All of a sudden, the world needed a car that wouldn’t compensate for other areas, but needed to be dependable enough during a tough economic time.
Another year on, Honda brought out the CVCC variant, which managed a whopping 40mpg - in 1974!
It was this obsession with perfecting the formula and simple, robust engineering which would propel Honda to success in the consumer market, leading both the Civic and Accord to be amongst the best selling and most reliable vehicle for many years to come.
Though this isn’t necessarily to do with the current Civic, but rather an all-electric debutant: The Honda E.
A fully electric, small hatchback which bears styling inspired by the original Civic, may just be the way forward for consumer-level electric vehicle, that is (somewhat) affordable.
Though still on the pricier side at over £26,000 in the UK, it's far more on the reasonable side, especially compared to Tesla which is still out of reach for most buyers on the new car market.
And like Tesla, which has somehow managed to make the electric car not only a reliable option, but one that is able to operate in the real world, Honda too is well in with the chance of replicating its earlier success of half a century ago.
Modern touches include a panel of displays on the dash, as well as slim cameras which do away with rear-view mirrors.
A funky interior featuring a panel of screens, which also includes the display for the rear-view mirrors
We'll have to wait and see how well it does, but considering the success of the Civic, which remains popular today, Honda could well save the day once again.
I, for one, would welcome this new era with open arms.