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Honda Urban EV Concept and Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype: Frankfurt Auto Show

What Is It?

The Honda Urban EV Concept looks rather humble in a totally modern way. It’s a subcompact, nearly four inches shorter than the Fit, with a couple of rear-hinged doors that supposedly make entry and exit easier, and it offers seating for four. The dashboard is a wide screen that extends into the doors, at which point those ends take the place of side mirrors, displaying images from exterior cameras.

Honda has not provided any figures like range, power or charging times. But it does mention that this concept is part of a bigger picture, the Honda Power Manager, where energy from renewable sources can be distributed between the home and the car or sold back to the grid.

What might be of even more interest to buyers of compact crossovers in the United States is the CR-V Hybrid Prototype, which is set to go on sale in Europe in 2018. It was shown in Shanghai earlier this year and is now on Honda’s Frankfurt show stand. It seems highly likely that a production version will be brought stateside.

Will They Ever Sell It?

A production model of the Honda Urban EV Concept is slated for Europe in 2019. We’ll have to wait and see if any plans develop to sell it anywhere else.

Why It’s Important

Some European countries are talking about doing away with gasoline and diesel altogether in the near future. It would only be a matter of time before others follow suit. Manufacturers are multiplying their efforts to include electrification in some form, either as all-battery or some plug-in hybrid technology, and Honda has stated that it too will pursue this course of action. Ultimately, it all means personal transportation with fewer adverse environmental consequences.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More

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