Honda Will Build 'A Version' Of Its Amazing Retro-Futuristic Electric Car

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The Honda Urban EV Concept is like the synthwave aesthetic on wheels. Six months ago it had everyone smitten when it was trotted out at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and this week in Geneva Honda’s confirmed “a production version” is really truly in the pipeline.


Before you get too drunk on the clean digitally enhanced nostalgia this thing’s exuding, Honda’s Geneva Auto Show press conference did indeed confirm that a mass-produced fully-electric car was in the pipeline, but so far it’s only being promised to the European market and “a production version” of the cute concept car we’ve all gone nuts over could look like pretty much anything.

Illustration for article titled Honda Will Build A Version Of Its Amazing Retro-Futuristic Electric Car

I’m skeptical to be sure. I mean, “Urban EV Concept” isn’t even anything close to a real name for a car.

Still, the official press release reads:

Speaking during Honda’s 2018 Geneva motor show press conference, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, Philip Ross confirmed the news, “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.”

The language in there gives me hope that somewhere, some how, the squeaky round-headlighted design that simultaneously takes us into the future and back to the glory days of sport compacts will land in Honda dealers.

And if that’s the case, I might have to move to Europe next year.

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik | 1975 International Scout, 1984 Nissan 300ZX, 1991 Suzuki GSXR, 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, 2005 Acura TL

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Teutonic Tonic

I truly do not understand the ambivalence of major manufacturers in producing a simple, good looking EV. Tesla’s Model 3 preorders should have demonstrated that people want EV’s that don’t look like an over styled Prius. This Honda would be perfect. Keep it simple, give it a 250 mile range and actually sell it for unde $35k and they will print money.