Khodrocar - Shown Tuesday at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the Urban EV Concept is an adorable homage to some of Honda’s first small cars, such as the diminutive Civic hatchbacks of the 1970s, and about the size of a Fiat 500e. For fans of its charmingly nostalgic looks, Honda says this concept is a good hint at what a production version will look like when it goes on sale in 2019.
While Honda has just started to offer the Clarity EV in the US and Japan, the company once known as a pioneer of hybrids has fallen behind rivals such as Nissan with their 2018 Leaf in the electrification stakes. The Urban EV Concept is supposed to represent a clean slate and the indicator of the direction Honda wants to take its EVs in.
Details about its propulsion were not revealed with the design, but the Honda Automated Network Assistant concierge service is part of this concept. The company says the system "learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments,” and bases future recommendations off of that. Like so many other automakers, Honda thinks we want to talk to our cars in the future, too.
Inside, Honda made the design simple, starting with the rear-hinged doors that are about the only thing this concept has in common with a Rolls-Royce. There is space for four people inside the very cool interior. A super wide display sits on top of a dashboard that looks more like a sideboard. There is a noticeable lack of buttons and switches on it and the steering wheel, too, hence the need to actually talk to the car.