There won’t be a track-tuned high performance of the E as Honda is seeking other avenues for high-end variants. Yet-to-be-released top-end versions of the Honda E electric hatchback will likely have more high-tech features instead of extravagant power figures, a wild bodykit and Nurburgring-tuned handling. Kohei Hitomi, project leader for the E, told Autocar a Type R variant “is not the way to go with the E”. Hitomi said in some market segments a Type R model was good way “to express Honda’s capability as a sporty brand”, but the company wants to “provide a new dimension of values” for a top-end versions of the E. Features likely to surface on future variants include artificial intelligence, interactive and connected services, and “other services… which are not able to be provided with conventional propulsion systems”. The Honda E goes on sale in the UK next year with a starting price of £26,160 ($47,000), which is roughly on par with the entry-level CR-V with a 1.5-litre turbo engine. Despite its petite dimensions, the E is being pitched as a halo car for the company’s model range. The company is only expecting sell a four-figure amount of the electric hatchbacks in the UK in 2021. Australia The E is available for order in the France, Germany, Norway and the UK. Previously Honda Australia has told CarAdvice it is interested in the E, but cautioned it stopped selling hybrids locally as it “couldn’t make it economically stack up”.