Honda ‘e’ is latest electric car to dispense with wing mirrors

posted on Thursday, 13th June 2019 by Chris Jenkins

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In what may become a design trend for electric cars, Honda’s new ‘e’ design dispenses with wing mirrors; in their place are video cameras connected to displays on the dashboard.
 
Although a similar feature has been available as an option on the Audi e-tron, Honda’s offering is the first time the feature has been a standard fitting.
 
Audi’s screens for the rear view image are built into the inside top corner of the door, making them close to where the driver would normally look for the wing mirror; but Honda’s 6-inch screens are built into the dashboard and display a much larger view.
 
The Honda side camera mirror system also allows users to switch between a ‘normal’ and ‘wide’ view, for improved visibility.
 
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Part of the reason for the design is that dispensing with the wing mirrors and placing the cameras in small side-hugging pods flush with the pop-out door handles reduces drag by 90 per cent compared with conventional door mirrors. This results in around 3.8 per cent improvement for the whole vehicle, helping to improve its efficiency and range. The cameras are designed in a way which reduces rainwater falling on the lenses.
 
The Honda ‘e’ electric city car claims a range of more than 125 miles, with a fast charge function that will restore battery power to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. The car can now be reserved online with an £800 deposit, and is expected to be available in 2020.

Chris Jenkins

Inside ID contributor Chris Jenkins is a freelance technology and industry journalist working for a wide range of consumer and B2B magazines and websites

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