Honda showcases Urban EV Concept in Frankfurt
Will the Honda Urban EV Concept’s retro looks be enough to convert even the most staunch electric vehicle critics?
It’s a real sign of the times when the star of the Honda stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show isn’t a supercar, hot hatch or SUV coupe, but firm’s latest compact electric vehicle instead.
But before you roll your eyes and mutter the words, “electric vehicle, pfffft”, we’d like to inform you that this EV is pretty damn cool – especially if you love all things retro.
Called the Urban EV Concept, the show car’s most obvious talking point is its funky retro look, which appears modern and fresh, even though much of its design inspiration has undoubtedly been taken from the first-generation Honda Civic – what with its old-school three-door hatchback shape, multi-spoke alloy wheels, large circular headlights and square tail-lights.
Best of all is that unlike most concept cars, this one looks absolutely set to see production, according to Honda boss Takahiro Hachigo.
“This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be in Europe in 2019″, he said.
With the Urban EV Concept, Honda looks to be following in the footsteps of other car manufacturers and redesigning a classic model with a modern twist – think Fiat 500 and the Volkswagen Beetle.
Built on an all-new platform, the Urban EV Concept is 100mm shorter than the Jazz city car and features low and wide proportions. At the rear the Honda badge is backlit in blue – a feature that Honda says will be included on all its future production EVs.
An enormous panoramic display that spills over into the doors is the most obvious feature of the minimalist interior.
Honda says the EV will utilise a high-density, lightweight battery pack, but the number of kilowatt hours it will boast is still unknown. However, to compete with the likes of the Nissan LEAF, it’s going to need to be in the 300km to 400km range.