Honda’s Sports EV Concept has Pitch-Perfect Retro Styling
Following on from the show-stealing Urban EV, Honda has unveiled its next electric concept car – and its a friendly two-seater retro fun machine
One of the highlights from the Frankfurt Motor Show this year was the Honda Urban EV concept. Channeling the ghost of the original VW Golf (among other hatchbacks), this minimalist ride stole the headlines with an intoxicating mix of pitch-perfect retro styling and forward-thinking electric drive tech. Now Honda has done it again in Tokyo with the reveal of its Sports EV Concept.
Just as with the Urban, there are no details yet on performance, or much else, but the Sports EV will supposedly combine an electric drivetrain with some sort of AI jiggery pokery inside its compact body.
Honda is intending to create a family of electric cars using this new EV architecture, with the Urban EV being the first member to emerge, coming to production in 2019.
Honda has commented previously that the Urban EV will feature a high-density lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and energy transfer abilities both to and from the vehicle, so by rights the same technology should feature in the Sports EV. For the Urban EV, a modest range of around 150 miles – where now 300 miles is rapidly becoming the industry benchmark – has also been mentioned in some reports, supposedly as the Urban is meant purely for city driving. But as the above promo video shows the Sports heading down coastal highways, far from the city centre, the electric range for this vehicle may need to be greater.
With the Urban coming in 2019 or 2020, you can expect to see the pure-electric Sports arriving approximately a year on from this. It’s also worth pointing out that Honda is no stranger to electrification in its sports cars, as evidenced by the £143,000 NSX. The supercar has a SH-AWD (Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system that controls interplay between the engine, gearbox and electric motors. The NSX has a 35kW direct-drive motor positioned between the engine and the gearbox to act directly on the engine’s crankshaft, providing instantaneous torque, and two 27.2kW electric motors on each of the front wheels, providing de facto all-wheel drive.
The retro design of the Sports EV is very much in keeping with that of the Urban, thankfully, but could possibly be a little longer than its 3895mm city brother. Honda describes the look as “a striking silhouette, friendly face and supple body surfaces”. The silhouette is indeed attractive, and as for a friendly face, if the final production version turns out looking anything like the Sports EV Concept, then WIRED will certainly be smiling.
The Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show