Honda Urban EV To Debut In Near-Production Form In Geneva

JAN 10 2019 BY MARK KANE 26

Honda Urban EV to debut this year, but only 5,000/year to be sold in Europe?

A near-production ready Honda Urban EV is expected to be shown at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

The concept version debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017 and according to Automotive News, the production version will have a world premiere in Frankfurt in September.

The cute Japanese electric car gained a lot of interest around the world and Honda promised to open order books in early 2019. First deliveries are expected in late 2019, although the latest news indicate that early 2020 is more likely.

By that time, Honda will also announce a proper name for the car, as Honda Urban EV is just provisional.

The good news ends here as we read unofficial sales expectations in Europe of “around 5,000 a year in a full year of sales”.

5,000 per year in Europe seems like a dramatically low goal even for the first year. If Honda really intends to note two-third of its sales to be electrified cars by 2025, then it needs to raise the BEV goal or we need to accept that Honda is going mostly hybrid.

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Source: Automotive News

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Such a bummer this won’t make it to the US. Here’s hoping that we get the new Honda Fit EV with 180 miles of range for $18,000.

Honda FIT is $17000. Let’s get real, dude.

Was announced last may I think. Not sure if it just for China though.

The range mentioned there is based on the “generous” Chinese testing cycle. Really more likely to be closer to 120 miles, real world range. Also no mention if that $18k price includes subsidies at that price.

I’d still love to see a lower-range car at that price point, but I think we’re still a long ways off.

Hey a guy can dream. Coming from an imiev, this would be double my range at 120 miles. I’m a sucker for small cheap hatchbacks.

Right, if it was $18k that would be $8k after tax credit and rebates in Calif. Not gonna happen…….

The reason I will never get a Honda EV is that my 2015 Honda Civic was totaled by the undercarrage being punctured and water getting in, and Honda handled it very poorly. After I ran over a rock, I had noticed a piece of protective plastic scraped off and I went to the local Honda service center with my concern. They said not to worry about it, even when I brought up the possibility of water intrusion, and didn’t take a closer look.

Flash forward a year and my wife drives through a puddle and the car is totaled from the battery getting fried. There had been a tiny hole in fuel tank. This should have been handled as a problem early on, and it should have been covered by warranty. Instead, I was faced with a choice of taking Honda to court or going through my insurance. I took option B and am glad I did, now driving a Tesla Model 3 instead.

I am telling you. Anything is better than 1st gen leaf

Lol, you just recently told this same story on another article, but in that case it was a Kia Soul EV with a battery puncture.

@Marcel – I noticed that too. Except the Kia Soul EV commenter had a different name.

I think Kongo is just joking but you have to know yesterday’s discussion to get it.

Unfortunately those model year Civics 2012-2015 were not well received, because the 2012 design was intended for low price over function and the refresh was mostly cosmetics.

Every car company will probably do the same unless you demand for it to be repaired.

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Wow, that does abolutely nothing for me. And to think, I used to be a Honda Fanboy. Now I am interested in nothing in their lineup.

It riles me to say this but this is just a ‘compliance car’. DOA.

I am convinced that Honda and Toyota are just trolling me at this point.

They have about 1% market share in Europe, so 5000 isn’t low percentage wise. It’s greater than the percent of Volt and Bolt vehicles GM sold in the US. The real question is the specs.

It’s shape sort of reminds me of a MK1 VW Golf…

….or a Gen 1 Civic, which came first.

The bare min for it to succeed
220 mile range
$34000 before tax incentive

The call it urban and you’re expecting 200+ miles? I would be surprised if it gets 125.

“The good news ends here as we read unofficial sales expectations in Europe of “around 5,000 a year in a full year of sales”.”

What will Honda do if 50,000 people in Europe place an order for this EV model in 2019? Will Honda deliver them in 2020, or not?

Obviously not, it takes a couple years to get the battery capacity. They likely had to place orders for batteries for this car not long after they showed it in Sep. 2017.

5000 would only cover 1/12th of what they should have made.. for Europe.
If it was priced OK.
Wait another year or two – and they will have several competitors, and would be harder to sell.
They could probably sell 100k every year globally.