Making its European show debut in Geneva, the Electric Honda NeuV (pronounced “new-vee”), which stands for New Electric Urban Vehicle, was conceived to take advantage of the fact that privately-owned vehicles sit idle for 96% of the time.
The concept car explores the idea of functioning as an automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using the car. It would pick up and drop off customers at local destinations, and could also sell energy back to the electric grid during times of high demand when it‘s sitting idle, further monetising the vehicle’s down time.
NeuV also functions as a what Honda describes as a thoughtful and helpful AI assistant utilising an ‘emotion engine’ called HANA (Honda Automated Network Assistant), which learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments. It can then apply what it has learnt from the driver’s past decisions to make new choices and recommendations.
A sweeping panoramic windscreen and a dramatically sloping belt line that make manoeuvring in the city simple. Entry and exit from the vehicle is made as easy as possible too, even in tight parking spaces, with a complete side panel that opens out and backwards to create a large opening.
NeuV has two seats with luggage space behind, which also stores the ‘Kick ’n Go’ electric scooter concept designed for the ‘last mile’ of your journey. The scooter concept is inspired by Honda’s original scooter of the same name launched in the 1970s. The new design is powered by a detachable battery rather than a chain mechanism, and can be recharged through a connection in NeuV’s luggage space.
Honda’s ‘Electric Vision’
The NeuV was for the first time in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show where President and COO, Katsushi Inoue revealed details of the brand’s new ‘Electric Vision’. Inoue-san outlined Honda’s commitment to an electric future in Europe, with a specific aim to have electrified powertrains in two thirds of European cars sold by 2025.
Announcing the strategy in Geneva today, Inoue-san said:
“We will leverage Honda’s global R&D resources to accelerate the introduction of a full portfolio of advanced, electrified powertrains for the European customer.”
Initially focussed in Europe with the roll-out of hybrid technology across its car range. The first new hybrid model, which will feature Honda’s two-motor hybrid system, will go on sale in 2018.
Honda will also make plug-in hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles commercially available to European customers.