The rear-wheel drive Honda E Prototype is set to wow us at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next week. But already, Fully Charged Show's had a chance to jump into Honda's first vehicle designed from the ground up to be an EV, and talk to its creators in a studio near Stuttgart. And with the production version of the E Prototype going on sale later this year, it's all good news.
The Honda E Prototype turned out the way it did because Project Leader Kohei Hitomi managed to convince the board that they shouldn't compromise the EV's compact size for more range. It's rear-wheel drive to make it quicker off the line and agile in tight spots. On this flexible platform, Exterior Design Chief Ken Sahara created a futuristic car with some fun retro touches, along with wide fenders, flush door handles, and a tinted glass roof. The E Prototype is a four-door where the previous Urban EV concept was a two-door, but by using a pillarless design, Honda managed to keep the proportions correct while enhancing urban versatility. And how about that glass charging port at the front?
Jump inside, and this four-seater offers a lounge experience like no other compact on the market. The team lead by Interior Design Head Akinori Myoui looked at the BMW i3 and thought they could do better. The seats mimic sofas, the instrument panel is made entirely of digital screens, and there are acres of wooden-wrapped flat surfaces, as well as smart storage compartments all around.
As it turns out, Honda created the production-bound E Prototype long before the design team cooked up the Urban EV concept for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. As a result, the 2019 concept you see here is a very accurate representation of what's coming to Honda dealers in Europe later this year. It looks good. Very good.