Honda announced its ‘Electric Vision’ plan for Europe that sets a target of 2025 for two-thirds of the company’s sales in Europe to be hybrid, EV, or fuel cell. The Honda E Prototype is the flag-bearer for this target.
To demonstrate its focus on pure electric cars, Honda is returning to Geneva Motor Show 2019 with its Honda E Prototype. Production is scheduled to begin sometime before the end of 2019.
Honda is kicking things off with the E Prototype that boasts of a realistic driving range and futuristic interiors.
The Honda E Prototype is an enhanced version of the cute Urban EV concept from 2017. The concept was an ultra-compact city car that featured a wide track, short overhangs, and suicide doors. Although Honda has been showcasing concept electric cars since a lot of years, the E Prototype has the thickest possibility of making it to production.
The Japanese automaker is of the opinion that small, relatively short-range EVs are well suited to Europe. Takanobu Ito, Honda’s president said in 2011, “For Japan, Europe, and other parts of Asia, especially the urban areas, we think the smaller category would be an option. In this category, pure EVs would be appropriate.”
Another indication that Honda is serious about building an EV this time round is that a new, dedicated platform is said to underpin the prototype. Moreover, the platform is rear-wheel-driven, so we can expect a lovely, fun character from the little five-door Japanese EV. Honda claims the prototype can go 200km on a full charge. Considering this is a city-focussed car, it has decent range, at least on paper.
The screen-clad dashboard is a clear standout feature of the prototype's interior.
Whether the prototype’s futuristic design elements will make it to production remains to be seen. The list of cool features includes pop-out door handles, camera-based ORVMs, see-through front fascia to show charging status, and a lounge-style cabin with a suite of screens stretching to both ends of the dashboard.
The Honda E Prototype will bow at Geneva on 5th March. More details to follow soon.