Honda Urban EV In Frankfurt Inspires Production Model In 2019 – Gallery/Videos

1 month ago by Mark Kane 12

Honda is debuting the Urban EV Concept this week at the 2017 IAA in Germany to rave reviews.

The company touts that the all-electric model (of indeterminate range) is built on a completely new platform, and that is isn’t just a concept at all;  but rather, sets the direction for the technology and design for a future battery electric production model coming soon.

Honda Urban EV Concept

The production BEV that will be spawned from the Urban EV Concept is in fact scheduled for 2019, and by the looks of things, will be rather a small car.

With that said, by 2025 Japanese company intends to achieve two thirds of its new car sales with electrified powertrains (hybrids, PHEVS and all-electrics) – pretty quick.

However, for the global market, Honda is giving itself an ‘extra generation’ to get things done – planned for 2030.

““Here in Europe, we see this move towards electrification gathering pace at an even higher rate than elsewhere,” Hachigo-san commented, adding that Europe was therefore particularly appropriate for the global premiere of the “next step” in Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy.”

The new Honda Urban EV Concept indeed got a lot of warm reviews, as combining the future with retro styling and heritage models was a big hit, and one of the highlights from Frankfurt.

With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at the Honda Urban EV Concept on the show stand at the 2017 IAA:

Honda Urban EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept

Honda Urban EV Concept

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12 responses to "Honda Urban EV In Frankfurt Inspires Production Model In 2019 – Gallery/Videos"

  1. Texas FFE says:

    It looks kinda like the old Civic and we all know how well that’s done. If Honda gets the package right (range, charging speed, cost) this urban vehicle should do well. Otherwise it will be just another EV want-a-be.

    1. MichalF says:

      It looks like 1st generation of VW Golf 😉 I like it 😉

      1. Sublime says:

        You would think with VW putting out a new EV drawing every week, they would have eventually stumbled upon this same concept… like millions of monkeys banging on keyboards.

        1. wavelet says:

          They did. VW has their Up! subcompact, which in turn looks like a downsized Polo from the 1980s, which looks like the downsized 1980s Golf. All of which are long-established production cars. There’s already a BEV version of the Up!, as well, called e-Up!, in production.

  2. Kosh says:

    “as combining the future with retro styling and heritage models was a big hit”

    So, where’s my EV drivetrain Camaro muscle car? C’mon GM!

  3. WadeTyhon says:

    ‘However, for the global market, Honda is giving itself an ‘extra generation’ to get things done – planned for 2030.

    “Here in Europe, we see this move towards electrification gathering pace at an even higher rate than elsewhere,” Hachigo-san commented, adding that Europe was therefore particularly appropriate for the global premiere of the “next step” in Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’ strategy.”

    So, Europe only? Not even a compliance car lease in california like the Fit EV?

    Sweet, another Honda EV I will never be allowed to see much less buy. 🙂 Why am I not surprised?

  4. Dav8or says:

    I like it, but no one should fall in love with the looks of this car. Any production car will only kinda, sorta look like this. This concept has all the usual trappings of no rear view mirrors, no real bumpers, lack of required lighting, skinny, svelte A,B and C pillars, impractical dash and interior, too low to the ground and crazy big wheels. When it hits production it will look more like the original Civic with chunkier pillars.

    I will also be surprised if they can’t resist the temptation to try to change the design language so to fit it into the Honda family of vehicles. i.e.: hit it real good with the ugly stick and plaster on some tacky styling gimmicks.

  5. Ben says:

    I gave up on Honda after they stopped with the Insight on going further with electrification. I went over to Mitsubishi, then Nissan.
    This, if it has DCQC as standard could win me back. Looks great and clean.

  6. J P DeCaen says:

    Let’s hear the outrage for not bringing it to N America. Scream loud enough and they’ll hear it in Japan. I’m P.O.’d.

  7. Markh21518 says:

    Hey, since it’s retro will they use a retero battery like the clarity circa 2010 88 miles?

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