Honda has taken to Auto Shanghai to reveal another EV concept. Dubbed the Honda SUV e:Prototype, this SUV is previewing a pending onslaught of new EV’s Honda has planned for the Chinese market.
Consider this concept a follow-up to last year’s e:Concept, only this one looks more production-ready. This one has four doors and the overall design has some parity with the HR-V, further implying its production intent. The design is clean, with a greenhouse that is similar in shape to the Honda e city car, which is the brand’s EV sold in Europe.
Unfortunately, Honda isn’t saying much about the e:Prototype. The company is largely utilizing its reveal as a conduit to discussing its broader EV plans for China. Honda said today it plans to launch 10 electric vehicles in China over the next five years. A production version of the e:Prototype is expected to be one of those 10.
Honda did confirm the e:Prototype features their third-generation Honda Connect system. Honda Connect allows drivers to operate many of the vehicle functions and their smart phone via natural voice recognition.
Expect to see a production version of this prototype sometime over the next year. One mystery remaining with this SUV is whether or not the production version will be built by General Motors on its Ultium battery system. GM is currently slated to build two EV SUV’s for Honda as part of their broader alliance.