As Honda draws closer to the release of its first EV for the European market, the e Prototype, which sticks pretty close to the Urban EV Concept revealed in 2017, has been unveiled ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut.
Whereas the Urban EV Concept looked quite radical, the futuristic look of the e Prototype has been significantly toned down, as this model is already the near-production prototype. It now features rear doors with hidden door handles, whereas the Urban EV was a three-door affair. The rear tail lights have also been given a rounded treatment that perfectly complements the headlights. While the overall exterior looks quite cute and retro at the same time, the e Prototype is packed with technology, featuring “pop-out” door handles like in a Tesla, as well as side cameras which replace the conventional side mirrors.
The retro theme continues inside, but of course, with a tech-savvy touch. The interior is dominated by two large screens, with the outer two displays for the side view cameras. A minimalist approach has been done to the interior, wherein buttons and switches have been reduced, as most functions have been relegated to the screens. Honda has aimed for a comfortable “lounge-like” feel, which has been done through the textiles and wood trimmings normally found on contemporary homes.
Underneath the e Prototype is a RWD platform with full EV propulsion in mind. No exact figures have been released, but Honda claims a driving range of more than 200 kilometers. Along with the relatively short overhangs and long wheelbase packed in a relatively short body, the e Prototype promises to deliver exceptional urban driving yet fun and emotive driving dynamics.
Stay tuned to Go Flat Out to know more about the Honda e Prototype as the Geneva Motor Show approaches its March 5 opening day.