Honda Readies Tiny EV
Honda Motor Co. says it will reveal a near-production version of its Urban EV concept at the Geneva auto show in March.
The company released a teaser sketch of the updated city car this week. Honda unveiled the original concept at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show.
No information has been provided about the car’s electric drivetrain. The sketch indicates the production model will maintain the concept’s basic design and features, including rounded LED headlights and door-mounted rearview cameras.
Honda says the vehicle is targeted for European markets. There are no immediate plans to sell the EV in the U.S.
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