At the 2017
Frankfurt Motor Show Honda unveiled a new electric vehicle concept called the
Urban EV Concept. The Urban EV Concept has been built on a brand new platform
and will set the tone for technology and design to be showcased on future
production ready Honda electric vehicles. Honda has confirmed the production
ready version of the Urban EV Concept to arrive in Europe in the next two
President and CEO, Honda Motor Co. officially introduced the concept at the
Frankfurt Motor Show and stated "This is not some vision of the distant
future; a production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019".
The Honda Urban EV
Concept features advanced technology and sophisticated design. The car gets a
low and wide stance, looking planted and muscular. The Honda emblem on the EV
is backlit in blue. The facade of the car features an interactive multilingual
display for messages to be displayed between the headlamps. These could include
-- greetings, advice for other drivers or charging status updates.
Inside the cabin,
the driver gets an excellent view of the road thanks to slim A-pillars and a
wide windscreen. To ingress or egress one can use the rear hinged coach doors. The
electric charging cable of the Urban EV Concept is housed on the bonnet. The
Urban EV Concept can accommodate 4 persons and has two seating benches. The
front row of the Urban EV Concept has been given a natural grey fabric
upholstery, while the seat backs, squabs and arm rests are embellished with
wood finish accents.
The Urban EV
Concept features a floating dashboard console which houses the steering wheel
column, simple control buttons and a panoramic display screen. The main
dashboard screen is able to present a range of vehicle information including
the level of charge remaining. Honda has also added an Automated Network
Assistant Concierge which learns from the driver and detects emotions behind
their judgments. The learning helps it improve recommendations.
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