Honda unveils pure electric EV-STER concept
Honda has pulled the covers off its super environmentally friendly electric roadster at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Dubbed the EV-STER (yet more annoying punctuation gratuitously dropped into the middle of a car name), according to Honda's creative director Toshinobu Minami the new all-electric Honda concept "shows the next generation of design language".
More importantly though, it gives Honda a 'face', something the Japanese brand doesn't have. Having some connection between product designs ain't all that new, but the copycat front end seems to be the new big thing in car design. Jaguar has one, Audi has one, BMW has one and so does VW. So, naturally, Honda wants one too.
The EV-STER has been designed to Japanese Kei-car regulations, a set of tax and insurance rules outlined by the Japanese Government that small cars have to conform to. It really is a bottle of roadster concentrate, with its diddy proportions but stocky stance. The EV-STER is less than 1.48-metres wide and 3.4-metres long.
The show car is all electric, although the EV could get a three-cylinder, 660cc petrol engine producing no more than 63bhp too, if it makes production.
Honda are obviously heavily focussing upon 'green' vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, with the firm releasing two other concepts in Tokyo: the AC-X saloon and Micro Commuter.
The AC-X (created in wonderful Japanese English and standing for Advanced Cruiser Experience) is a family-sized 'next-gen' plug-in hybrid saloon and comes with a futuristic dual-joystick steering arrangement.
The AC-X also gets the new Honda facial surgery, with the same 'high cheekbones and pursed mouth' look that adorns the visage of all the Japanese brand's concepts at the Tokyo show.
Except for the Micro Commuter, that is. This quirky little buggy is a Renault Twizy-esque urban vehicle with a 1+2-seat arrangement similar to Nissan's PIVO III concept.
At only 2.5-metres in length the Micro Commuter is certainly true to its name as well.