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Honda shows two electrifying EV concepts in Tokyo

Honda shows two electrifying E...
The Honda Sports EV Concept combines electric vehicle performance with artificial intelligence
The Honda Sports EV Concept combines electric vehicle performance with artificial intelligence
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In keeping with Honda’s theme for auto shows this year, the details are light and the excitement is huge
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In keeping with Honda’s theme for auto shows this year, the details are light and the excitement is huge
The Honda Sports EV Concept combines electric vehicle performance with artificial intelligence
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The Honda Sports EV Concept combines electric vehicle performance with artificial intelligence
The concept has design elements that could be from a modernized AMC Javelin or the tiny S800 Sports Coupe Honda put out in the 1960s
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The concept has design elements that could be from a modernized AMC Javelin or the tiny S800 Sports Coupe Honda put out in the 1960s
The Urban EV Concept and the Sports EV Concept are roughly the same size and share many elements of drivetrain and design
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The Urban EV Concept and the Sports EV Concept are roughly the same size and share many elements of drivetrain and design
The Honda Urban EV Concept was unveiled in Frankfurt earlier this year with a platform that will become a production model in 2019
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The Honda Urban EV Concept was unveiled in Frankfurt earlier this year with a platform that will become a production model in 2019
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Honda is showing concept vehicles in Tokyo that are based on the same electric vehicle technology platform. The Honda Sports EV Concept features a throwback look, and the Urban EV Concept features the future of what Honda will aim for in EV design. The latter will become a production model.

The Honda Sports EV Concept combines electric vehicle (EV) performance with artificial intelligence (AI). The look of the Sports EV is great, though, harkening back to the days when itty-bitty sports cars were plentiful and fun. The concept has design elements that could be from a modernized AMC Javelin or the tiny S800 Sports Coupe Honda put out in the 1960s. The Sports EV Concept likely owes a lot to that S800, in fact, and appears to be about that same size when presented with a Honda executive standing next to it.

Outside of that information and the vague announcement that the Sports EV's AI would be called the Honda Automated Network Assistant to "create communication that unites driver and car," we don't have much else to go on with the little Sports EV Concept. The video at the bottom of this helps visualize the car, which would share a platform with the production model of the upcoming Urban EV.

The Honda Urban EV Concept was unveiled in Frankfurt earlier this year with a platform that will become a production model in 2019
The Honda Urban EV Concept was unveiled in Frankfurt earlier this year with a platform that will become a production model in 2019

The Urban EV Concept (pictured above) was unveiled in Frankfurt earlier this year and is set for production in 2019 or 2020 in Europe and Japan. We get a little more about the Honda AI system from that car, which is meant to learn about the driver's habits and expectation, acting as a sort of in-car concierge.

In keeping with Honda's theme for auto shows this year, the details are light and the excitement is huge. All we can say is: Go ahead, Honda. Bring on your EVs.

Source: Honda

[TMS2017] Honda Sports EV Concept

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9 comments
Grunchy
Sounds like a turbine - I think it needs a turbine powered generator for a hybrid option.
batuhan
The second one looks just like the old golf gti. Way to go Honda =D
Ret. Engineer
The first one reminds me of the old Toyota 2000 GT used by James Bond. The second one reminds me of my diesel Golf used during the energy crisis.
Joshua Tulberg
I like the looks of both cars. Lets see 'em make it to market still looking so nice.
Lardo
It's a 21st century AMX.
ljaques
I like the suicide-doored Golf looking model. Reminds me of Ma's old '63 Lincoln. Boy, was that a drive-in theater vehicle. (You guys wouldn't know of that, would you? googlit) Anyway, DO IT, Honda. Make both, but do them comfortable, long-ranged, and inexpensive, please.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think those are cool and green.
Imran Sheikh
Looks like an Apple Car, if Apple Car was made in 80's. that color style & Retro Feel is Gorgeous and Nostalgic..
MarkStorcz
I really like the looks of the sport concept, love to see it make production in the near future!!