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.