Honda Urban EV to go on sale early next year

6 Mar, 2018 7:45am Jonathan Burn

Electric hatchback to closely mirror Honda Urban EV Concept after popular motor show debut

Honda will begin taking customer orders for its first electric vehicle, the Urban EV, early next year. The hatchback will be the first in a range of new all-electric vehicles from the Japanese brand.

First shown as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the fully electric hatchback electric is expected to be revealed in production guise at the end of the year. jumbo-bg understands that the positive feedback the concept received has encouraged Honda to adapt the design of the showroom model to more closely reflect the look of the concept.

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Honda hasn’t revealed battery output, power figures or performance data for the EV Concept, nor is there any detail on prospective range or charge times. However, given its intended use, we expect a modest 200-mile range, mated to the latest fast-charge technology.

Its dinky design is reminiscent of the original seventies Honda Civic, with its round headlamps, thin A-pillars and short front and rear overhangs. The interior is quite unlike anything we’ve seen from Honda before, with a minimalist design and huge dash-spanning central screen.

As well as teasing a specific model, various details hint at the future of Honda design. The backlit blue logo is a feature that will appear on each of the company’s forthcoming EVs, for example. The interactive display between the headlights can display messages, too, including greetings and advice for other road users, as well as charging status updates when the car is plugged in.

The compact Urban EV Concept is 100mm shorter than the existing Jazz supermini, while there’s space for four, with the rear-hinged doors offering easy access to the back seats.

The Urban EV also showcases the company’s vision for future connectivity. Honda’s Automated Network Assistant will learn from the driver’s behaviour, and apply recommendations based on past decisions. Honda Power Manager can store energy generated from renewable sources, with the ability subsequently to power the owner’s home or sell electricity back to the National Grid.

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