The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV isn’t an ugly thing, but it definitely sacrifices rakish looks for the sake of practicality. Honda, however, may have hit the nail on the head with its Urban EV concept car.
The Japanese automaker debuted the Urban EV concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and announced the tiny electric car would head to production in 2019. Its effectively a spiritual successor to the Honda City of the 1970s and its retro design cues and quirky looks bode well in our eyes. Although Honda didn’t discuss the electric powertrain, it is a pure battery-electric vehicle.
The point of this story is design. Electric cars aren’t notorious for being exciting, but with the right looks, anything can be a headline grabber. Honda seems to have struck a fine balance here. The Bolt EV may boast incredible technical specifications and a healthy range, but the average shopper may not be thrilled with its bulbous looks.
But, Chevrolet won’t have much to fear anyway. The production Honda Urban EV won’t be coming to North America, as it was designed and engineered with Europe in mind. Maybe we’ll get a cool little electric car from GM one day, too.