Honda is showcasing the retro-inspired EV concept in Germany’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show which will last until September 24. The retro styled city car, which is also the Japanese car brand’s first production EV for the European market, is featuring a funky design with two rounded headlights akin to the hatchbacks from the seventies and eighties.
Beyond the wide-eyed front fascia and small dimensions comes a deep muscular stance that not only provides the Urban EV with sporty driving capability but also make it more stable for its size. If compared with the Honda Jazz supermini, the Urban concept will come out 100m shorter with its current length of 3,895mm.
Inside, the cabin features a wind screen with some thin A-pillars for better visibility and a couple of bench seats to make room for up to four occupants. There is also a large dashboard with wood veneer as well as a screen that wraps around the dash that goes throughout the hatchback’s two main doors. The main display provides specific information about the EV’s energy consumption, battery life and range status while the wrap around screen on both side of the doors work as the vehicle’s side mirrors with the help of the digital camera.
A cross between the current Jazz supermini and the 2nd generation Honda Civic 3-door hatch, Honda’s Urban EV may come with a very minimalistic interior and exterior but with highly advanced electric systems designed to meet Europe’s electrified future. In a recently held press conference, Honda’s President Takahiro Hachigo has stated that the Urban EV concept will in fact arrive in Europe in 2019 and is not a mere vision of what’s to come.
While the Japanese automaker will incorporate the blue backlit emblem on their upcoming EV production line as seen on the new concept, we have to admit the showcar’s interactive messaging system that displays real time updates of the charging stats with some form of greetings and advice to other motorists are quite unheard of. In any case, we’re hoping to see all of these come to life but instead of a four-seater capacity, we’re leaning towards a 5-seater compact car for the final version.
All said, Honda didn’t say anything much about the EV range but confirms that it will come with a high density light weight battery with heat management and energy transfer system. For the entire stretch of the two-week exhibit, the Urban EV will also be sharing the stage with Honda’s Power Manager Concept--- a built –in energy transfer technology that can deliver electricity to the main grid and from it as well. It also has the capacity to direct the flow of power from a renewable source while managing the EV’s battery in or out of the vehicle.