September 28, 2023

Honda e:Ny1

Photograph: Honda

On paper the Honda e:Ny1 feels like a stable crossover for Europe and its denser improvement. It appears to be like to be in regards to the measurement of a Honda HR-V, so it shouldn’t be too huge to park. It’s electrical, so you may drive it in zones that don’t enable inside combustion engine automobiles. And whereas the styling is a brand new route for Honda, it’s nonetheless acquainted sufficient that it’s recognizable.

The specs aren’t game-changing, however they’re nonetheless stable. It’s front-wheel drive, makes 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque, has a 68.8-kWh battery that ought to give it 256 miles of vary and may cost from 10 to 80 % in about 45 minutes. And for those who’re into huge screens, it’s obtained a 15.1-inch vertical touchscreen.

Honda e:Ny1 interior

Photograph: Honda

However oh man. That identify. Why? Why did Honda must go together with an incomprehensible mishmash of letters and numbers with random capitalization and punctuation? We will work with hyphens regardless that I’d reasonably not. However colons don’t belong in automobile names. How do you even pronounce the identify? Ee en why one? Eenie one? Anybody? I’m positive it stands for one thing, however I can’t be bothered to go discover that info, and I doubt anybody else needs to, both.

I used to assume the Toyota bZ4X had the dumbest automobile identify of all time. It’s like one thing Elon Musk would identify certainly one of his (What are we to this point? 80?) kids. And I hate that I do know it supposedly stands for Past Zero all-wheel-drive crossover. Or perhaps it doesn’t. It’s so arduous to care about names like this. Particularly when there’s no actual sample to how issues are capitalized.

Honda e:Ny1 rear

Photograph: Honda

It’s additionally arduous to kind as a result of nobody can keep in mind what’s capitalized and what isn’t. It’s an issue that solely impacts journalists and copywriters, but it surely’s an issue that impacts me personally, and since I’m already complaining, I would as nicely share all of my complaints.

However I used to be incorrect. The bZ4X doesn’t have the worst automobile identify. It’s now the Honda e:Ny1. On the constructive aspect, it’s uncertain that the e:Ny1 goes to return to the U.S., so not less than I most likely received’t ever must evaluate it.