Honda Urban EV Concept Makes Its Global Debut At Frankfurt Motor Show

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Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle, the Urban EV Concept; which makes its global debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. Honda Motor Co. President and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo even confirmed the concept is not some vision of the distant future and that a production version of this car will arrive in Europe in 2019.

Honda’s Urban EV Concept is designed to showcase advanced technology within a simple and sophisticated design. Its low and wide proportions are aimed to give the car a planted, muscular stance that hint at sporty driving performance. The total vehicle length 100mm shorter than the Jazz supermini.

The Honda emblem on the concept is backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for the company‘s future EVs. 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.

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The driver’s outward visibility from the Urban EV Concept is aimed to be better with the slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen. Entry and exit from the vehicle is via rear-hinged coach doors. The electric charging cable connection is housed on the bonnet.

Honda’s Urban EV Concept can accommodate four occupants, across two bench seats. To create a lounge feeling, the front row is upholstered with natural grey fabric, with the seat backs, squabs and arm rests embellished with contemporary wood finish accents. The seatbelts for the rear bench are fixed in the middle of the seat, allowing the belt to retract out of the way before a passenger exits the car.

The large ‘floating’ dashboard console, wrapped in same wood finish, houses the steering wheel column which is a set of control buttons, and a panoramic display screen. The dashboard itself is completed by a wrap-around screen that runs behind the console and extends into the doors. The main dashboard screen presents a range of vehicle information including remaining battery level. The extended door screens function as the car’s wing mirrors through digital camera displays.

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The on-board advanced Honda Automated Network Assistant acts as a personal concierge, which learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver’s past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.

Honda’s Power Manager Concept, revealed alongside the Urban EV Concept in Frankfurt, is a smart system that is claimed to store energy more efficiently, releasing electricity generated by renewable sources back into the home or selling it back to the grid. Key parts of the powertrain development will include a high-density, lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and the evolution of energy transfer functions – both to and from the vehicle.

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  • Ajit says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that this concept from the outside looks like a VW Golf Mach 2.?? Looks great even if it looks similar.