Honda’s new urban electric vehicle will get a preview at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in the form of the Honda e Prototype. This new model leads on from the brand’s highly acclaimed 2017 Urban EV Concept. it is also is a key part of Honda’s “Electric Vision” strategy for the European region.
The Honda e Prototype’s design meets the needs of the modern lifestyle. It also combines unique design, advanced functionality and engaging driving dynamics. The vehicle delivers a package perfect for the urban environment.
The Honda e Prototype has been developed with a focus on functionality & purpose featuring a simplicity of design with unique character
The smooth body contours lead from the bonnet to the panoramic windscreen. This way they create a continuous surface up and over the front passengers. Further enhancing aerodynamic performance, the stepless A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass. That helps for a quiet, refined journey.
Stand-out style elements, which accentuate the clean, uncluttered profile, include flush ‘pop out’ door handles and compact cameras replacing traditional side view mirrors. Both the door handles and Camera Mirror System are unique features for a vehicle in this class. The car’s advanced charging port is integrated centrally in the bonnet for ease of use from either side of the car. There’s LED lighting visible through the glass cover to welcome the driver as well as inform of the battery charging status.
Black panels with unique concave profiles at the front and rear are defining design motifs. The unique and exacting attention to detail of the round light clusters enhance the overall simple, clean design and defines the Honda e Prototype’s ‘human face’.
Beneath the skin is an all-new, EV-specific platform that allows for compact proportions
Meanwhile, a relatively long wheelbase, wide track and short overhangs facilitate exceptional urban manoeuvrability and dynamic driving characteristics. The appearance of a low, muscular stance lends a dynamic accent to the simple, clean exterior design. The wheel arches accommodating the wide tyres are an additional emphasis.
Inside, a spacious cabin with a modern minimalist aesthetic creates a relaxed ambience for occupants. The application of melange-style sofa fabric brings a comfortable lounge-like feel. There are as well other tactile materials often found in contemporary homes. The walk-through flat floor in the front and rear of the cabin enhances the sense of spaciousness.
To keep occupants engaged with their connected lifestyles, the intuitive and customisable dual screen horizontal display features a range of intelligent applications and services. This sophisticated high-end interface has been designed for ultimate usability. It also shifts the car beyond being a means of transportation to a fully integrated part of modern everyday life.
The array of next-generation digital aids is presented alongside many of the car’s comfort and infotainment controls for easy multitasking and simple menu navigation
At either end of the dashboard, there are screens showing the rear-view images from the Camera Mirror System. Their position is ergonomic to ensure a natural feel and vision for the driver. The vehicle also features a digital rearview camera increasing the driver’s field of vision.
The first compact Honda car on a dedicated EV platform delivers a blend of efficiency, performance and usability. That combination is perfect for urban environments. The Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 200km as well as a ‘fast charge’ functionality of 80% battery charge in 30 minutes. The last feature makes the car ideal for everyday commuting. On the road, the focus of the driving dynamics is on delivering a fun as well as emotive experience. The power of the electric motor transmits through the rear wheels for next-generation small-car performance.
The launch of the Honda e Prototype will be on 5 March at the Geneva International Motor Show. Production of Honda’s compact urban electric vehicle will begin later this year.