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News Honda will Launch a Tiny Commercial Electric Van in Japan in 2024

Honda will Launch a Tiny Commercial Electric Van in Japan in 2024

Honda is working on an electric version of on of its Japan-only small commercial vans.

  • This EV will be based on the gasoline-powered N-VAN.

  • Honda plans to launch 30 types of EVs around the world by 2030.

  • The company targets a range of 200 kilometres for this commercial van.

Honda announced it is working on an electric version of the N-VAN, a tiny commercial vehicle sold in Japan.

This new model will be launched in 2024, but it is likely to be very similar to the current model, which has been on the market since 2018.

Due to the very narrow streets and the high population density found in large Japanese cities, small vehicles are very popular there and they are incentivized via targeted tax breaks.

The Honda N-VAN is one of these vehicles, so it is designed to offer the most interior space its exterior dimensions allow.

As such, this model has a very boxy design that makes it look like a shrunken version of a full-size cargo van such as the Ford Transit, for example.

Despite being classed as a commercial vehicle by Honda, the N-VAN and its upcoming electric version can also be used to transport passengers.

In order to accommodate both use cases, the N-VAN features a folding front passenger seat that can create a flat cargo floor when both of the rear seats are also folded.

In order to make entering and exiting the vehicle as well as loading cargo easier, the passenger side B-Pillar has been removed, which creates a large opening when the front door and the rear sliding door are opened.

Honda says adding an electric powertrain to the N-VAN will make it even better suited for driving around cities, especially when performing last-mile deliveries.

The automaker says the expected range for the electric N-VAN is arounectrcid 200 kilometres and its price should be in line with the gasoline-powered model, at around 1 million Yen.

This vehicle will be a part of Honda’s plan to introduce 30 new types of EVs around the world by 2030 and it will help it become carbon neutral by 2050.

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