Honda Urban production model was displayed at the Frankfurt motor show in September last year. The final production version is due to be revealed in Geneva next year.
The concept was so popular that Honda will make very few changes to the final car’s design. Inside, the major changes will be the switch to five seats from four and the adoption of more conventional switchgear.
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The Urban EV has low and wide proportions and is 100mm shorter than the Jazz supermini, making it 3895mm long. When on sale, the car will not steal sales from other models, which helped its case for production, according to a senior Honda source.
It also uses a Honda emblem backlit in blue, which previews a new styling feature for future EVs from the brand.
At the front of the car between the headlights, interactive messages can be displayed including greetings, advice for other drivers or charging status updates.
Inside, Honda has intended to create maximum visibility for drivers thanks to slim A-pillars and a wide windscreen. Entry and exit from the Urban EV is via rear-hinged coach doors.
Honda said the car would include a high-density lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and energy transfer functions both to and from the vehicle. A source at Honda suggested a short to middling range, so 155 miles (250km) is expected.