Published on June 13th, 2024 | by Subhash Nair


Honda Launches N-VAN e: Commercial Mini Electric Van in Japan

The Honda N-VAN e is the company’s first MINI electric van and it’s made for the Japanese market.

Honda is introducing an exciting new commercial electric vehicle (EV) to the Japanese market – the N-VAN e:. This mini-EV is set to go on sale starting October 10, 2024, offering businesses and consumers a versatile and eco-friendly transportation solution. Given how many N-Box vehicles have been imported into Malaysia by the grey market, there’s a chance these electric vans might find their way to Malaysia just in time to take advantage of tax-free pricing. That being said, its range is quite disappointing and that may make it less than viable for our market.

Honda N-VAN e

What is the Honda N-VAN e:?

The N-VAN e: is a commercial-use mini electric van developed by Honda, building upon the popular gasoline-powered N-VAN model. While retaining the N-VAN’s signature features like a large cargo space, flat low floor, high ceiling, and passenger-side access, the N-VAN e: adds unique EV capabilities.

Key Features of the N-VAN e: Electric Van

  • Driving Range: 245 km on a single charge in WLTC mode
  • Fast Charging: Approximately 4.5 hours for normal charging (6.0 kW) or 30 minutes for fast charging (50 kW)
  • Battery Thermal Management: Cooling and heating system optimizes battery performance
  • Spacious Cargo Capacity: Large cargo space retained from gasoline N-VAN model
  • Versatile Variations: Available in e:L4, e:FUN, e:GT, and e:L2 types for different needs

Model Variations to Suit Your Needs

Honda offers four N-VAN e: variations to cater to diverse commercial and personal usage scenarios:

  • e:L4 (Standard 4-seater)
  • e:FUN (Leisure/hobby-focused styling)
  • e:GT (Single-seat commercial van)
  • e:L2 (Tandem seating configuration)

Advanced Safety Features

The N-VAN e: prioritizes safety with advanced driver-assist technologies standard across all models, including:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Auto High Beam Headlights
  • Parking Sensors

Additionally, the N-VAN e: is the first commercial light van to offer side curtain airbags and the first mini vehicle in Japan with Post-Collision Braking.

Intelligent Connected Features

By obtaining a Honda Total Care ID, N-VAN e: owners can access intelligent connected features via a smartphone app, such as:

  • Scheduled temperature control for comfort
  • Optimized charging times to reduce costs
  • Maximum charging level settings to extend battery life
  • Minimum battery level for power output

The Honda N-VAN e: promises to be a game-changer in the commercial EV segment, combining practicality, versatility, and cutting-edge electric technology. With its diverse range of models, advanced safety features, and intelligent connected capabilities, the N-VAN e: is poised to revolutionize eco-friendly transportation for businesses and individuals alike.

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