Honda's Urban EV Concept is a throwback to the old Civic

12 September, 2017, 18:10 | Author: Patsy Dennis
  • Takahiro Hachigo

Volvo grabbed the headlines earlier this summer when it was first amongst the established auto makers to claim all of its models would have an electric or hybrid option by 2019.

"Here in Europe, we see this move towards electrification gathering pace at an even higher rate than elsewhere", Hachigo told a Frankfurt press conference, adding that Europe was particularly appropriate for the global premiere of the next step towards Honda's "Electric Vision" strategy, namely the hybrid CR-V which goes on sale in production form in 2018.

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No range is quoted for the concept, which does lead to some concern - combined with the urban billing and Honda's reluctance to launch a proper electric vehicle up until now, we're hoping Honda won't give the auto a token sub-100 mile range, adequate though it might be for purely urban drivers. The model in question is the Urban EV Concept, which is an all-new electric vehicle built on an entirely new platform, showing the direction Honda is pursuing with its future electric production models.

Honda will offer an electrified version of all of its new models launched in Europe from now on, the company announced at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

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A Honda badge on the front glows blue, while a display between the front lights can show greetings, advice for other road users or charging status. Entry and exit from the vehicle is via rear-hinged coach doors. 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 dashboard itself is completed by a wrap-around screen that runs behind the console and extends into the doors. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver's past decisions to make new choices and recommendations. Technology is created to enable electric vehicles in a smart grid.

The Japanese manufacturer is also developing its Power Manager Concept, an energy transfer system that can efficiently store and release energy either back into the home or by selling it back to the grid.

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