Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Japanese carmaker has confirmed that the Urban EV Concept will go into production in 2019.
The Honda Urban EV Concept is built on a new dedicated electric platform and "sets the direction for the technology and design" of its future EVs. The Urban EV has low and wide dimensions and is 100mm shorter than the Jazz premium hatchback, making it 3895mm longer.
The Urban EV also employs a Honda emblem backlit in blue, which suggests a new styling feature for future EVs from Honda. At the front, the Honda Urban EV displays interactive messages including greetings, advice for other drivers or charging status updates.
Inside the cabin, the company has designed to create maximum visibility for drivers thanks to slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen. Entry and exit from the Honda Urban EV are through rear-hinged coach doors. The floating dashboard console houses the steering wheel column, a set of simple control buttons and a panoramic screen.
The wrap-around screen goes beyond the panel and extends into the doors, a feature which works as the car's ORVMs via digital camera display. The Urban EV Concept can accommodate four passengers, but the production version could allow five passengers.
Honda did not reveal the power specifications of the Urban EV but said it would include a high-density lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management, and energy transfer functions both to and from the vehicle.
The Honda Urban EV looks retro but thinks future with its futuristic dashboard panel and wing mirrors. As power specifications are the most important factor for an EV, we have to wait till Honda reveals key specs before we can say the Urban EV will be a hot hatch in the EV segment.