Honda took the wraps off an EV concept designed for city use which foreshadows a production model slated for 2019. The Urban EV Concept is built on a new platform and sets the stage for a new product line of dedicated electric vehicles for the Japanese auto maker.

“This is not some vision of the distant future,” said Honda President Takahiro Hachigo. “A production version of this car will be here in Europe in 2019.” The Honda Urban EV Concept has tidy dimensions that are about four inches shorter than the current Honda Fit subcompact.

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New design cues

The blue backlit Honda emblem showcases a new visual cue designed to identify the company’s EV models. In addition, the black panel holding the logo is actually a screen that can display messages between the headlights, including greetings, advice for other drivers or charging status updates.

The two-box design features coach-style rear hinged doors to ease entry and egress for the vehicle’s four passengers who are seated on two bench seats, the front row which is upholstered in light gray material. Natural wood accents are used on the armrests and the large floating dashboard console. The dash houses a steering wheel column, a set of simple control buttons, and a panoramic display screen that runs from door-to-door atop the dash and behind the center console.

The car is also a showcase for the Honda Automated Network Assistant concierge. This new service is designed to seamlessly link a customer’s daily life and mobility. HANA acts as a personal concierge, which learns from the driver’s decision to make new choices and recommendations. The car is also capable of being used as part of Honda’s Power Manager Concept where the vehicle can be charged at home or be used to sell energy back to the grid during peak periods.

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