Meet one of the most anticipated EVs at the Geneva Motor Show.
Honda has been teasing us with the E Prototype for some time now, initially introduced as the Urban EV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda promised that it would go into production during the course of 2019.
Well here we are in 2019 and it looks as though Honda will be keeping its promise after all. The E Prototype on its stand at Geneva has lost little of its cutesy, futuristic styling in the transition from concept to production viable vehicle.
It may not have retained those cool multi-spoke wheels or that C-pillar that was oddly reminiscent of a Peugeot 205 GTI, but the E Prototype still has the retro-modern look and elegant simplicity that got people interested in it in the first place.
The interior also retains most of the concepts retro-futuristic styling elements and we sure hope that most of what we see here is carried through to the final production-ready car. We would hate to see those flush-fitting door handles, frameless door glass and those side mounted cameras instead of traditional rearview mirrors being dropped along the way.
The visual appeal of a car has a strong bearing on how popular it is with shoppers. Even if it does not fully deliver on the drivetrain front, all we know so far is that it will have a WLTP range of around 124 miles, a well-designed car can sell well for years. Just take a look at the Fiat 500, it has been selling well for years despite its mediocre underpinnings.
The E Prototype is scheduled to go on sale in Europe later this year with deliveries starting in 2020. There are no current plans to offer it to the US but we can always hope.