Honda to open order book for Urban EV in early 2019
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During the company's official press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, Honda has confirmed that order books for the production version of its Urban EV Concept will open in 'early 2019,' with first deliveries expected by the end of 2019.
Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe, Philip Ross, confirmed the news: “A production version of this highly acclaimed concept will be introduced to Europe during late 2019, and in response to the positive feedback to this model, we expect to open order banks for the Urban EV during early 2019.”
The production model of the Urban EV Concept will be Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle sold in Europe.
Unfortunately for the rest of us, Honda did not confirm any other markets for the full-electric hatch. But due to the rave response the concept received when it was revealed, Honda will likely use the European release to gauge market reaction which will no doubt shape future roll outs on different continents.
The Urban EV will be built on a completely new platform with retro body styling. If dimensions remain the same, the Urban EV will be 100mm shorter than the current Honda Jazz.
The Concept features a simple yet lovable retro design with slim A-pillars and interior windscreen that appears to sweep around the entire front of the passenger cabin.
Honda say the Urban EV will carry four occupants in comfort, but it is not yet known if the bench seats previewd in the concept model will be carried over into production.
The front row is upholstered with grey fabric with wood finish accents. The dashboard features a wrap-around screen that extends into the doors displaying vehicle information.