Honda is injecting some flair into the EV world with its new ‘e Prototype’, which previews a forthcoming electric production model set to be on sale by the end of 2019.
Based on the Urban EV concept first seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the e Prototype is Honda’s way of addressing the needs of modern urban car buyers who want something compact, interesting and techy.
The interior is undoubtedly a highlight, with a fantastically-modern dash made up of five screens positioned side-by-side across the full width of the car. As with Audi’s electric e-tron, the side mirrors are replaced by cameras which relay the view of both sides onto the outermost screens on the dashboard.
But for all its tech, it’s remarkably simple and minimalist inside. Honda’s aim was to create a ‘lounge-like feel’ by using fabrics from sofas as well as offering a few conventional buttons. And it works.
It also looks like little else on the road today, with its compact and smooth shape paired to the circular front and rear lights. Design highlights include a panoramic windscreen, pop-out door handles similar to those you find on Jaguars and Land Rovers and the previously mentioned side cameras.
The e Prototype is built on an all-new electric platform, which can allow for a long wheelbase with tiny front and rear overhangs, bringing both practicality and driving benefits.
Honda promises an electric range of 200km (124 miles), as well as a charge from zero to 80 per cent in 30 minutes using a rapid charger. No power figure is given just yet, but something around the 100bhp mark is expected.
As well as being practical and stylish, the e Prototype is also said to deliver a fun driving experience thanks to the electric motors sending power to the rear wheels.
Given the EV’s ‘Prototype’ name, it’s not ready for the road just yet — and Honda hasn’t confirmed a name — but the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that production of a similar vehicle will begin later in the year, with first European sales expected soon after.
February 27, 2019