Honda e Prototype has electric driving range of over 200 km and is based on an advanced rear-wheel-drive platform
This got us very interested as the first genuine look into an all-electric hatchback from Honda has finally arrived. The Japanese manufacturer showcased the Urban EV concept in 2017 in Germany before taking it all around the globe to different motoring shows and the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo witnessed the Sports EV concept instead.
The production-spec small electric vehicle will make its global premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show that opens for press on March 5 and continue till March 17. The exterior pictures do indicate its resemblance with the Urban EV concept and it has been dubbed the ‘e Prototype’.
The Honda e Prototype has a conventional appeal and the exterior has slightly been toned down. With that said, it is still a captivating design encompassing unique details including cameras in place of wing mirrors, hidden “pop out” rear door handles, front hinged doors, round-shaped tail lamps similar to the headlamp design replacing the rectangular units, etc.
The exterior has a dual-tone appearance with black finished pillars, roofline, roof-integrated spoiler and black cladding all around. Additionally, the front and rear panels, boasting the lit-up Honda badge, between the headlamps and tail lamps respectively are painted black while the bonnet also gets a faux scoop-like black finish which has the main purpose of acting as a charging port.
The eccentric position of the charging port is mainly due to the easy access from both sides of the EV. It has LED lighting and welcomes the driver along with showing the battery’s current capacity. Despite the rather cutesy exterior, which you cannot find in any other existing Honda, the e Prototype has an advanced and powerful drivetrain system.
Honda says the e Prototype has an electric driving range of more than 200 km and the fast charger can replenish up to 80 per cent in just half an hour. The platform is emphasised heavily for use in the urban environment and the electric motors drive the rear wheels in the EV. The interior has a clutter-free look and less buttons are utilised for controlling purposes.
Some of the key features are horizontally positioned twin screens, Camera Mirror System on either ends of the dash, IRVM replaced by a camera, use of soft fabric and so on. The relatively flat floor allows for a spacious cabin and it will have a “lounge-like feel” according to Honda.