The Urban EV Concept and Sports EV Concept are just the beginning...
Following up on the critically acclaimed launch of the Urban EV and Sports EV concepts, Honda's design boss promises that there are even more electric vehicle show cars to come.
'I cannot tell you the exact timing but there will be more EV concepts," Honda design chief Makoto Iwaki said this week at the Tokyo motor show.
Iwaki's first two EV concepts have played on Honda's classic designs to create modern vehicles for the future. The Urban EV blended elements from N600 and first-gen Civic by using cues like high-mounted, circular headlights and rounded fenders. The more recent Sports EV cribbed its shape from the S800 Coupe. There are still plenty of classic Honda models to take inspiration from, so we look forward to seeing what Iwaki comes up with next.
In addition to working on more EV concepts, Iwaki and his team are also developing the Urban EV into a production model for 2019. Iwaki and crew will likely be able to retain the Urban EV's exterior without major alterations, but the interior will be a bigger challenge.
The concept features an old-school bench with a flat, wooden dashboard and ultra-wide infotainment screen. Safety and technology challenges will probably require creating a more conventional cabin for the road-going version. The company has yet to announce any details about the car's powertrain, price, etc.