Honda EV-STER Concept Debuts


  • Honda EV-STER Concept Picture

    Honda EV-STER Concept Picture

    Honda EV-STER Concept. | November 30, 2011

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2011 Tokyo Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Honda EV-STER made its world debut at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, previewing what the automaker calls a new-generation EV sports model.
  • The small sports concept skips the traditional steering wheel in favor of twin joysticks.
  • The concept is equipped with a lithium-ion battery and has an output of 78 horsepower.

TOKYO — The Honda EV-STER made its world debut at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, previewing what the automaker calls a new-generation EV sports model.

The slick concept is a significant step for Honda, which has been criticized for offering environmentally friendly, but boring vehicles. The Japanese automaker captured much of the limelight at the show on Wednesday, thanks to media reports that the EV-STER — and a new NSX — appear to be bound for production.

"We will sequentially introduce multiple new models, including a high-performance sports model which is currently under development toward market introduction in the near future," said Takanobu Ito, Honda president and CEO in a speech on Wednesday.

According to media reports, the NSX will be shown at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

The EV-STER, an electric rear-wheel-drive two-seater, uses an all-new platform. Honda plans to offer the production version of the car with either a gasoline engine or as a pure electric vehicle.

The small sports concept skips the traditional steering wheel in favor of twin joysticks. Honda calls the setup "twin-lever steering."

The EV-STER is equipped with a lithium-ion battery and has an output of 78 horsepower. Honda says it sprints from zero to 37 mph in 5.0 seconds and has a range of about 99 miles. Honda says the driving range was made possible by the "adoption of carbon materials."

It rides on a 91.5-inch wheelbase and is 12 feet long.

Edmunds.com says: Could Honda be shaking off its design doldrums?

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