Honda’s new urban electric vehicle will be previewed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in the form of the Honda e Prototype.
This new model leads on from the brand’s 2017 Urban EV Concept, and is a key part of Honda’s “Electric Vision” strategy for the European region.
The Honda e Prototype has been developed with a focus on functionality & purpose featuring a simple, retro-chic design.
Stand-out style elements include flush ‘pop out’ door handles and compact cameras replacing traditional side view mirrors. The car’s charging port is integrated centrally in the bonnet for ease of use from either side of the car, with LED lighting visible through the glass cover to welcome the driver and inform of the battery charging status.
The attention to detail of the round light clusters enhance the overall clean design and defines the Honda e Prototype’s ‘human face’.
Beneath the skin is a new EV-specific platform that allows for compact proportions, while a relatively long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs facilitate urban manoeuvrability and dynamic driving characteristics.
To keep occupants engaged with their connected lifestyles, the customisable dual screen horizontal display features a range of intelligent applications and services.
The array of digital aids is presented alongside many of the car’s comfort and infotainment controls for easy multi-tasking and simple menu navigation. Screens showing the rear-view images relayed from the Camera Mirror System are integrated at either end of the dashboard positioned to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver. The vehicle also features a digital rear view camera increasing the driver’s field of vision.
The rear-wheel-drive e Prototype will deliver a range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality of 80% battery charge in 30 minutes.
Production of Honda’s compact urban electric vehicle will begin later this year.