Elec­tric dreams

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HONDA has re­vealed an all­new elec­tric vehicle, the Ur­ban EV Con­cept, at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show.

The con­cept car 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.

The con­cept was by Honda Mo­tor pres­i­dent Takahiro Hachigo, who said: “This is not some vi­sion of the dis­tant fu­ture, a pro­duc­tion ver­sion of this car will be here in Europe in 2019,” con­firm­ing that the con­cept is set to be launched within two years.

It is four inches shorter than the Honda Jazz, and the Ur­ban EV Con­cept has low and wide pro­por­tions giv­ing it a planted, mus­cu­lar stance that hint at sporty driv­ing per­for­mance.

The Honda em­blem on the con­cept is back­lit in blue, which pre­views a new styling fea­ture for the com­pany’s fu­ture EVs. At the front of the car, in­ter­ac­tive mul­ti­lin­gual mes­sages can be dis­played be­tween the head­lights, in­clud­ing greet­ings, ad­vice for other driv­ers on the road, or charg­ing sta­tus up­dates.

The fu­tur­is­tic Honda can ac­com­mo­date four oc­cu­pants, across two bench seats and 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 same wood fin­ish wraps around a large “float­ing” dash­board con­sole. This houses the steer­ing wheel col­umn, a set of sim­ple con­trol but­tons and a panoramic dis­play screen.

The dash­board it­self is com­pleted by a wrap­around screen that runs be­hind the con­sole and ex­tends into the doors.

The main dash­board screen presents a range of vehicle in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing re­main­ing bat­tery level.

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