Honda Urban EV Will Enter Production In 2019

Honda’s Geneva stars this year might have been the new CR-V and the jacked-up Jazz X-Road, but the real news was about the lovely retro-flavored Urban EV concept.

The Japanese company announced that the order books for the production version of the compact electric car will open in early 2019. Honda also said that the production Urban EV model will be introduced in Europe in late 2019.

“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,” said Philip Ross, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe during Honda’s Geneva motor show press conference.

The Honda Urban EV Concept attracted a lot of praises when it was first introduced at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It didn’t take long before the Japanese carmaker confirmed that they will indeed build it, with Europe being the first region to get it in 2019, followed by Japan in 2020. No word yet if it’s going to come in the U.S. market.

Honda is already working on a dedicated platform for electric vehicles that will form the basis for the Urban EV. The company plans to retain most of its retro-inspired design, making the necessary adjustments for series production. Honda remained tight-lipped on the technical details.

We only wish that Honda’s first fully electric model in Europe could retain its front bench seat but those damn safety regulations will probably not allow it.

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  • U8INIT

    I would love to have this over the BMW i3…

  • Nick

    This is awesome. Loved the concept ever since I initially laid eyes on it. I would love to see these stateside.

  • Maxime01

    Honda shows a retro-inspired EV concept in 2017, and builds it for 2019. VW shows a retro-inspired EV concept in 2001 (Microbus), and builds it for 2021… someone is more efficient here 😉

    • Enter Ranting

      To be fair, VW was busy gassing monkeys.

  • Lyonel Baratheon

    like golf I

    • Six_Tymes

      yep, same thing i thought when i first saw it a month or so ago. but, i like it.

      • Lyonel Baratheon


  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I sure hope that Honda brings this to the States. I’d be in line waiting to get mine. Since I first seen it, it was love at first sight 😛

  • Six_Tymes

    Hey Honda, if you are really going to follow through and produce this, it NEEDS to look exactly like this concept to be the huge hit you seek. TAKE A CHANCE and JUST DO IT. ill promise to buy at least 1 or two.

  • Honda NSX-R
    • Yeah what a massive disappointment, I miss when Andy Palmer were running Nissan. He back this and the Bladeglider.

    • Enter Ranting

      YES! I love that concept. Nissan really missed an great opportunity with the IDX.

      • Honda NSX-R

        They truly missed out.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Honda’s Geneva stars this year might have been … the jacked-up Jazz X-Road,
    Star? More like a black dwarf.

  • FlameWater

    If Honda is bringing this, every car company must be building a an updated retro EV

  • Bash

    Oh! That beautiful golf again. lol
    I know I know it’s geting old joke now but it’s still funny!

    • Well at least they admit where they get the inspiration comes from!

      • Bash

        lol oh did they? I respect that.

        • Yeah I think the designer said that MkI Golf GTI is the inspiration, although I always feel it looks like 70s Civic hatch to me.

  • Well it’s been known for ages is it? Now bring the Sports EV concept too please.

  • Lyonel Baratheon

    and Civic too (main form), but front view from Golf 1 (headlight as circle like golf)

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