The Honda Urban EV Concept turned in to the Honda e Prototype, and it’s now confirmed the production model will carry the Honda e badge.
It’s getting on for two years since the Honda Urban EV Concept wowed the Frankfurt Motor Show with its appealingly retro looks.
Fast forward to the Geneva Motor Show this spring, and the Honda E Prototype was revealed as an ‘almost’ production version of the Urban EV, and with the promise it will go on sale this year (2019).
Gone were the concept bits, like big wheels, bulging wheel arches and suicide doors – to be replaced by a more production-practical look with 17″ alloys and five doors.
But despite the toning down of the Urban EV, the Honda E still has real appeal and now, ahead of a debut at some point this year, Honda has announced it will be called the Honda e. No surprise, but Honda Urban has a better ring for us.
Honda has already had 6,500 expressions of interest in their new urban EV in the UK, despite no one actually knowing what it will offer.
Best guess seems to be around 100bhp from its electric motor – and a decent dose of instant torque – with a range of around 130 miles. That’s a chunk less than cars like the Kia e-Niro, but Honda are intent on delivering a car suited to urban use, not long distance travel.
Pricing is expected to be around £30k, which isn’t cheap for a compact city runaround – even an EV – but the Honda e has real ‘cool’ appeal, and that will probably be enough to see it selling very well.