And it's coming to Geneva next week.
A couple of years ago, Honda revealed one of the best-looking electric vehicles we’ve ever seen, the compact Urban EV concept. With a design that harkens back to old Hondas, the Urban EV was a clear preview of a near-production version. Today, Honda has released the first exterior images of what it calls the Honda E Prototype. The automaker already showed us an interior shot of its dashboard layout, but it’s the exterior that’s got us equally excited.
For starters, it looks remarkably like the concept with its simple design that has a focus on functionality and purpose. Honda says "the smooth body contours lead from the hood to the panoramic windscreen to create a continuous surface up and over the front passengers.”
Take note of how the A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass which Honda claims helps to provide a quieter interior. Other notable exterior design features are pop-out door handles and compact cameras that replace traditional side mirrors. The little car’s charging port is integrated centrally in the hood. There’s even LED lighting that’s visible through the glass cover that informs drivers of the battery charging status. This is an update as to what was seen on the concept but we still doubt it’ll make production in its current form. Crash regulations simply won’t allow it.
The E Prototype is built on Honda’s new EV platform designed specifically to enable compact dimensions. It does, however, feature a long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs that help to give the car a muscular stance. The flared wheel arches also help in this regard.
Inside is a spacious cabin with an equally minimalist design. Honda describes the setting as "lounge-like” thanks to sofa fabric and other similar materials typically found in homes. There are also dual screen horizontal displays featuring a variety of applications and other infotainment services, as well as screens integrated at either end of the dashboard showing the rear-view images relayed from the Camera Mirror System. Honda claims a driving range of 124 miles on a single charge and the battery can be charged to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.
The eventual production version will look very similar to the prototype you see here and we’ll learn more details when we speak with Honda next week at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.