I’ll admit to being played by Honda: As the carmaker originally showed the Urban EV concept at Geneva and spy photos started popping up later, showing a more down-to-earth car with thicker pillars and more doors, I thought the inevitable had happened and Honda had ended up watering down the fascinating concept. But as is explained in this video, it’s actually the other way around: The prototype seen here has always been the real thing, and it’s been in development far longer. The Urban EV was in actuality a caricature of this, with some more show-y details added.
Honda’s engineers explain that the Urban EV’s stellar reception meant the production-bound car was also jazzed up a bit more, but it hasn’t really been a case of the final car not reaching the level of the concept.
Honda’s Ken Sahara told Smith that the prototype is “95 percent” production ready, and it shows: The detailing of the prototype is apparent down to the smallest nooks and crannies. Look at the buttons, door handles and the charging door; the wood-like paneling in the dashboard must actually feel quite nice to the touch. While the electric Honda is a tiny car meant for cities, and the sub-125-mile range isn’t great, it’s obvious the final production car still has a lot of positive aspects.