Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Called the Urban EV Concept, the new car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the template for the technology and design of a future battery electric production model.
“This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019,” says Honda Motor Co. President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, who also confirmed that the concept is set to be launched within two years.
Compact in its dimensions, the Urban EV has a total length 100mm shorter than the Jazz supermini. At the front of the car, interactive multilingual messages can be displayed between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other drivers on the road, or charging status updates, says Honda.
Slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the car will ensure very good outward visibility for the driver, while entry and exit are also going to be easy thanks to rear-hinged coach doors. The Urban EV Concept can accommodate four occupants, across two bench seats.
It also comes with on-board Automated Network Assistant that acts as a personal concierge. This feature acts as a concierge, learning from the driver apparently “by detecting emotions behind their judgments” and in turn apply what it has learnt from past past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.