Featuring the world premiere of the Honda e Prototype, Honda showcased a range of its latest and most exciting products at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show.
In addition, Honda took to the stage at Geneva to announce the further acceleration of its electrification ambitions. The company announced its intention to move 100 per cent of its European sales to electrified powertrains by 2025. This new ambition builds on the brand’s 2017 aim of two-thirds of its sales to be electrified by 2025, and places it firmly at the forefront of Honda’s global electrification shift announced as part of its 2030 vision.
Introducing the Honda e Prototype
Making its global debut the Honda e Prototype previews the new compact electric vehicle. Designed to meet the needs of the modern lifestyle, the Honda e Prototype combines unique design, advanced functionality and engaging driving dynamics. The vehicle delivers a package perfect for the urban environment.
Developed with a focus on simplicity in design and usability, and evolved from the 2017 Urban EV Concept, the Honda e Prototype will seamlessly integrate with modern urban lifestyles through advanced functionality and sophisticated, easy-to-use connected technology. Clean external lines are facilitated by a Camera Mirror System and flush pop-out door handles. The smooth body contours lead from the bonnet to the panoramic windscreen and stepless A-pillars sit virtually flush with the glass. Inside, a next-generation dual screen horizontal display and connected infotainment system are incorporated within a relaxing and modern minimalist lounge-style passenger cabin that utilises tactile, contemporary materials.
The first compact Honda car on a dedicated EV platform delivers a blend of efficiency, performance and usability that is perfect for urban environments. The Honda e Prototype will deliver a range of over 200km and a ‘fast charge’ functionality of 80% battery charge in 30 minutes, making it ideal for everyday commuting. On the road, the driving dynamics focus on delivering a fun and emotive experience, with the powerful electric motor driven through rear wheels for next-generation small-car performance.
Honda to develop energy management business for Europe
Honda took the opportunity of its Geneva press conference to share the first details of its developing energy management solutions business for Europe. This announcement builds on the Power Manager bi-directional charging concept first shown at Frankfurt motor show in 2017.
Honda intends to build a portfolio of energy management products and services offering a comprehensive solution for both EV customers and service operators in Europe.
Honda has been working with EVTEC to further develop its bi-directional Honda Power Manager technology (compatible with battery-electric vehicles, such as the Honda e Prototype) and will plan to offer a commercial version in the coming years.
Honda has also announced an agreement with two external partners:
- Moixa, a company who specialise in ‘resource aggregator‘ technology, allowing customers to benefit from sharing the control and capacity of their EV battery
- Ubitricity, a leading supplier of charging solutions, including an innovative approach to on-street charging in urban areas
The next step is to embark upon feasibility studies for its technologies in London, UK and Offenbach, Germany. Further developments are expected to be announced later this year.
Official reservations for the Honda e Prototype will open in selected markets across Europe in early summer 2019. Customers can register their interest through the Honda website now. Watch the video below for a quick round up of the exciting new model!