After revealing all its figures to us on our test bases, the Honda e:Ny1 showed us its abilities to cover long distances, which is not always a long, quiet river.
The Honda e:Ny1 is a Japanese SUV with a strong Chinese accent. Derived from the Honda e:NS1 and e:NP1, both developed and manufactured by Dongfeng and GAC respectively, the latest addition to the H brand has the flavors of modern Chinese electric cars: finishing details, basic and noisy engine, brake very light regenerative, worrying amplitudes of consumption between low and high values, fast charging power well below the segment average… There is no shortage of points of comparison with an MG ZS EV, for example. And we could also add improved reliability during long journeys.
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Charging curve for the Honda e:Ny1: a useful full tank in 41 minutes, but…
Honda’s new SUV boasts a maximum fast charging power of 78 kW. A rather timid value in the electric segment, where the peak of 100 kW seems to become the acceptable minimum over time. According to the Japanese brand, this is a perfectly arbitrary choice in order to preserve the lifespan of the battery, before directing our gaze to the recharge curve: because it is not so much the value maximum that endurance throughout the exercise matters. We cannot blame them. But the speech is strangely similar to that of Kia, which also specified that this choice made it possible to guarantee the safety of the battery of the Niro EV, also equipped with a CATL unit. And it would appear that the power was also voluntarily limited on the Honda for the same reasons. We’ll come back to it.
In ideal situations, the electric SUV keeps its promises and presents a constant charging curve the vast majority of the time. Drawing 69 kW from the 10% terminal, it slowly climbs to its power peak of 75 kW observed just before the 60% mark, where the power falls. At 80%, the system still collects 51 kW, a difference of -35% compared to the peak, which is a good result. On the other hand, the end of recharging is catastrophic in that the power drops to 23 kW first (between 82 and 87%), then to 11 kW until completely full.
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Ultimately, the Honda e:Ny1 can go from 10 to 80% in 41 minutes when the battery is in its ideal operating range. This is what we observe every minute with the MG ZS EV and Kia Niro EV. The average charging power of 64 kW represents a difference of -18% compared to the announced peak, which is fairly consistent with the official speech. Waiting beyond this threshold has absolutely no point since you will have to wait 22 minutes more to see 90%, and another 50 minutes to fill up to 100%. Enough to bring the total time to a sad record of 1 hour 53 minutes… when all goes well!
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Autonomy recovered: 136 km in 30 minutes
Plugged in from 10% remaining charge, and taking into account the average range of 239 km that we observed during our long journey of 500 km, the Honda e:Ny1 can regain 74 km of range in 15 minutes . It can count on 136 km more in half an hour, or 10 km less than the MG ZS EV with the same calculation method. In short, it barely does better than city cars which are not really designed for the exercise.
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Honda e:Ny1 charging costs
The different fast charging stations charged 43.85 kWh on average between 10 and 80% charge. At an average motorway price of €0.59/kWh, this brings the total amount to €25.90, or almost €15.50/100 km on the motorway. The cost of use is therefore similar to other electric cars which exceed the 25 kWh/100 km mark on the motorway, such as the MG 4 Luxury, or the BMW i7 xDrive60. Note that Honda has formed a partnership with the Electra charging network, allowing the price of charging to be increased to €0.45/kWh. On the motorway, the direct cost of use would then increase to €11.80/100 km, within a limit of only 12 sessions.
Travel time for 500 km: 5h53
The Honda e:Ny1 does not have a route planner. You must therefore rely on your own estimates to plan your journey, keeping in mind the magnitude of consumption, and a much more pessimistic gauge at the end of the charge. Once these concepts have been mastered, it is possible to travel comfortably on the motorway.
In the end, we were able to divide the journey into three parts with a total of 1 hour 25 minutes of stopping in front of the terminals. Added to the usual packages and travel times, this brings the total travel time to 5 hours 53 minutes. Unsurprisingly, it completes this journey with around ten minutes more than a Kia Niro EV, and with five minutes more than a ZS EV.
Fortunately, the Honda e:Ny1 did not need to charge further. Because during a final refueling outside of our protocol, we began to experience power drops due to temperature rises, with two drops of three minutes each, bringing the 10-80% to 45 minutes.
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Supertest Honda e:Ny1: the results
Incomparable to the cute Honda e, the e:Ny1 seriously wants to bring the Japanese brand into the electric vehicle segment. To achieve this, Honda has approached its Chinese partners to benefit from a platform and a suitable powertrain. If daily consumption is not restrictive, the autonomy on the motorway could slow down some users. Added to this are rather long charging speeds during a long journey, while the reliability of the cooling system can be very problematic when the mercury rises. Too bad, because this urban SUV has quite appreciable roominess and rather decent driving comfort.
Remember that the Honda e:Ny1 is only available with the Advance finish, without any options. It does not have a heat pump, but it comes with an 11 kW on-board charger as standard. Priced at €47,700, it moves into the waters of the Kia Niro EV in Premium finish, at a price of €48,240. We can also mention in the list of competitors the Hyundai Kona EV Executive (€50,750), or the Peugeot e-2008 GT (€42,590). The MG ZS EV Luxury tops out at €39,990. Finally, because it is inevitable to mention it, even if they do not play in the same category, the Tesla Model Y Propulsion requires a check, sorry, an online payment, for €45,990.
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