Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle, the “Urban EV Concept” at the Frankfurt motor show.
The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for both the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model.
“This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019,” said Honda president and CEO, Takahiro Hachigohe, confirming that the concept is set to be launched within two years.
The eventual road-going model will form part of the Japanese manufacturer’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy that it launched earlier in the year at the Geneva motor show, which calls for the development of a dedicated electric vehicle platform, featuring fully-electric powertrain technology.
From a styling angle, the Urban EV Concept’s compact proportions mean it has a total vehicle length 100 mm shorter than a regular Jazz supermini. Specific design details include the Honda badge being backlit in blue, which is said to preview a new styling feature for the company‘s future EVs. Interactive multilingual messages can also be displayed between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other drivers on the road, or charging status updates.
Entry and exit from the vehicle is via rear-hinged coach doors, while the electric charging cable connection is housed on the bonnet.
The car’s lounge-like interior, meanwhile, which carry’s four people across two bench seats, grants the driver an impressive outward visibility as a result of the slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the car. There’s also a large, wood-finished ‘floating’ dashboard console that houses the steering wheel column, a set of simple control buttons, and a panoramic display screen.
The dashboard itself is completed by a wrap-around screen that runs behind the console and extends into the doors. The main dashboard screen presents a range of vehicle information including remaining battery level, whilst the extended door screens function as the car’s wing mirrors through digital camera displays.