The Electric Honda HR-V Is Shockingly Cool

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Wow, the Honda HR-V is managing to get even cooler. With Honda’s mission to introduce more electric vehicles to the world, the Honda SUV e:Prototype serves as a preview, giving us clues about what to expect. It’s basically an electric Honda HR-V, but there isn’t anything boring about it. 

Check out the possible electric Honda HR-V 

Honda SUV e:Protoype | Honda

According to MotorTrend, the Honda SUV e:Prototype serves as the first of 10 electric options that Honda is planning to introduce worldwide. It was revealed on stage during the Shanghai Auto Show, and the 10 new vehicles should roll out during the next five years. 

But we have slightly disappointing news. The e:Prototype, which looks like an electric Honda HR-V, might not be available in America. It’s only the first concept to be introduced in China, and it’s unclear if any of the new EVs will make it over here. 

Will we get the next generation Honda HR-V?  

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Even though a release date hasn’t been announced yet, America should receive the next-generation Honda HR-V. But we don’t know if the North American HR-V will have an electric powertrain or if the new electric vehicles will have new nameplates. 

But we hope it gains the sleek lines and futuristic look that the e:Prototype provides. In 2020, Honda and General Motors announced a joint project to develop two new electric vehicles. Both of them will be based on GM’s new global EV platform. 

Rumors suggest that it’s safe to expect that one of these SUVs will be a compact option to compete against the growing list of subcompact electric crossovers in America. But these models won’t be available until 2024, so we will have to wait to learn more. 

The two vehicles created by the GM-Honda partnership will be produced by GM and will use GM’s Ultium battery technology. It’s expected to provide a driving range of over 400 miles. Also, 10 minutes of charging should replenish over 100 miles of range. 

Honda didn’t disclose any information about the battery size, driving range, or charging capacity for the e:Prototype. It could be an exclusive option for the Chinese market that fails to provide a preview about what GM and Honda are building. 

Is the 2021 Honda HR-V a good option? 

The 2021 Honda HR-V driving in the city
The 2021 Honda HR-V | Honda

Yes, the 2021 Honda HR-V is an excellent subcompact SUV to consider. If you don’t want to wait for the possible electric HR-V to come out, you can get started in a gas-powered model for about $21,220. 

It comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 147 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. Also, it’s a pretty fuel-efficient option. The HR-V gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. 

According to Edmunds, it takes the Honda HR-V about 10.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, which is below average for the segment. However, it’s still fun to drive. It has responsive handling, limited body roll, and a smooth ride. 

The interior is incredibly comfortable with an upscale feel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on the Sport and higher trim levels. The tech is fast, responsive, and easy to use. This HR-V is a great SUV to consider as you wait for the electrified version to debut. 

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