Honda Urban EV Concept previews all-electric supermini at Frankfurt 2017

Honda Urban EV Concept previews all-electric supermini at Frankfurt 2017”

Revealed at the Frankfurt motor show on 12 September, the Honda Urban EV Concept is an all-electric glimpse at what small city cars could look like towards the end of the decade. In typical concept vehicle style, there are tiny door mirrors and huge wheels, but much of the styling could make it to the production auto.

The concept is said to employ an entirely new platform, although specific details haven't been announced. "And the implementation of our system Power Manager this will help us greatly", explained senior Vice-President Honda Motor Europe, Philip Ross. However, a high-density, lightweight battery pack is promised, as is a system to manage and utilise heat generated by the electrical system.

It's also relatively low, wide and squat, and Honda says it's 100mm shorter than the Jazz, making it around 3.9m long. It also uses a Honda emblem backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for future EVs from the brand.

Although the company is playing it down, there's an undeniable resemblance to the first-generation Honda Civic - the auto that really established Honda as a global player in the 1970s. It's light and airy, with slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen. The wrap-around screen goes beyond the dashboard and extends into the doors, a feature that works as the car's wing mirrors through digital camera display.

A so-called floating dashboard console houses the steering wheel column, a set of simple control buttons and a panoramic screen. The front bench is upholstered with a natural grey fabric, while the rear bench gains wood-finish accents to lend the cabin a "lounge feeling".

By 2025, the company plans to equip the motors of two-thirds of the cars.

At the Urban EV Concept's unveiling, Honda president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo confirmed that a production version was just around the corner.

Well, the Honda Urban EV concept will also have greetings for its owner as well as other road users. The vehicle has been created to accommodate up to four occupants, across two bench seats that have been finished in different materials, and the seatbelts for the rear bench seat are fixed in the middle of the seat so the belt can retract out of the way before a passenger gets out of the auto.

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