Honda previews 2019 electric vehicle, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

Honda previews 2019 electric vehicle, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

Honda previews 2019 electric vehicle, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

The concept auto 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 is preparing an electric auto for the European market and it previewed it today with the debut of the Urban EV concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

In between the headlamps, interactive messages can be displayed, allowing the Urban EV to communicate with pedestrians, other drivers, and display charge status updates.

The Urban EV will be Honda's first all-electric vehicle for Europe.

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"This is not some vision of the distant future; a production version of this auto will be here in Europe in 2019", he told the gathered media at the 2017 IAA. The Urban EV is so compact, it is 100mm shorter than the Honda Jazz supermini.

Along with the pure electric Urban Concept, Honda has also shown a prototype of the CR-V Hybrid, which simultaneously offers a glimpse of the European version of the new CR-V set to go on sale later in 2017.

While there's definitely a retro influence in the Urban EV Concept, it's resolutely modern in its details, from the large multi-spoke alloy wheels to the LED rings around the headlights.

The cabin seats four and has rear-opening coach-style doors.

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Slim windscreen pillars and a wide wraparound windscreen should ensure excellent visibility for the driver, while entry is easy too, thanks to rear-hinged doors.

The main screen is mounted on a floating "dashboard console" shelf with looks akin to domestic furniture, with a wood finish that's also picked out on the seat armrests, squabs and seatbacks. The cabin too can seat four with those bench seats and rear seat belts that retract before the occupants leave the vehicle. The main dashboard screen presents a range of vehicle information including remaining battery level.

Honda also detailed its vision for a future in-car concierge functionality that detects the emotions behind the driver's decisions and then applies what it has learned to make new choices and recommendations. Honda's Power Manager Concept, revealed alongside the Urban EV Concept in Frankfurt, is a smart system that can store energy more efficiently, releasing electricity generated by renewable sources back into the home or selling it back to the grid.

Part of Honda's "Electric Vision" includes having two-thirds of its cars electric by 2030.

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