Honda hoping that its new e:Ny1 is an electric vehicle for anyone

After the poorly-received Honda e electric city car, the Japanese giant follows up with a crossover that should have much broader appeal

Honda e:Ny1: features a sloping roofline and hatchback to create a sporty profile

Honda’s experimentation with electrification has been wider and longer than many in the motoring world. It introduced the first ever hybrid production car in the late 1990s, narrowly beating Toyota (although Toyota ultimately achieved far more success with the technology). Later, Honda developed a hydrogen fuel cell car called the Clarity that saw moderate success in US and Japanese markets.

Its first fully electric vehicle, the cute Honda e, was a rear-wheel-drive city car with ...