• The Honda e Concept is closely based on the very well-received Honda Urban EV that came out in 2017.
  • The e Concept is showing up this week in Geneva, and it's close to production ready, which means they'll hit their goal of selling it in 2019. 
  • It will focus on sporty driving, efficiency, quick-charging (80% in 30 minutes), and great design.
honda e front
Easily Honda's best design in years with simple shapes, and black and white coloring.

The front end has two large round LED headlights for a human-like face that's set into a full-width, black concave panel. The integrated bumper keeps things very simple, too. Inside the panel are a forward-facing camera and LiDAR sensors. A backlit Honda logo is front and center and matches the hue of the headlights. What looks like a hood scoop is actually the charging port's door, which opens up at the press of a button on the key fob.

honda e profile
The profile view makes it look like a Japanese MINI/Fiat 500. That's a good thing. 

The body gets pop out handles for the front doors that are flush when not in use (like Tesla; let's just hoep they work better in emergencies). The rear doors get handles hidden in the C-pillar shark fin. The rear end mimics the front and looks just as good. The matte finish paint likely won't make it to production since it's very expensive and can scratch easily. Too bad since it looks great here. We love pretty much everything about the exterior. 

honda e rear 34

The interior dimensions are small, so the backseat is tight for taller passengers, and there's also a lack of storage in the frunk (front trunk), and the hatchback cargo area is small, so don't look for Honda Fit-like capabilities. The sacrifice is for efficiency and style, but it seems totally worth it to us since Honda doesn't have a car that comes even close to being this handsome. What it brings is true design desirability to the compact EV segment. The question is, will we get it? 

honda e cabin
An interior that melds the past and the future in beautiful harmony.

Moving inside, the cabin is stunning. The thin, retro-style steering wheel looks better than anything Honda has right now. And that super-wide screen (actually two 12-inchers side-by-side) spans most of the dash. It still maintains an airy cabin feel while looking positively gorgeous. There's a ton of matte faux wood everywhere (that's seriously convincing, we might add), and the seats are made from recycled polyester. The side mirrors are actually cameras, too, a first for a car of this size.

honda e shifter

See the new car in the flesh in Geneva and wait to find out if it's coming here. This could very well usher in a new design language for Honda (or at least for its future EV line). Rumor is that Honda will also bring a family of EVs based on the e Concept, including a crossover and a sports car. We can't wait to see what the near future holds for the brand.