The recent 2013 Chicago Auto Show witnessed the public debut of Honda’s EV-STER Concept, and the crowd was certainly impressed. It’s a small sports car that runs entirely on electric power — something that many simply did not think was possible. With seating for two, rear-wheel drive, and a drop top, the style’s certainly there. It’s performance is impressive, too, as it can go from 0 to 60 mph in approximately eight seconds — speeds that were previously unheard-of for an electric vehicle. The EV-STER Concept’s power comes courtesy of a 78-hp electric motor that’s fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. It can be fully charged in about three hours when plugged into a 200 V outlet, or in about six hours with a 100 V outlet.
Of course, the EV-STER Concept offers innovation beyond its sporty, all-electric bearing. It also has no steering wheel — rather, drivers control the EV-STER Concept by way of a twin-lever steering system, which also allows for the adjustment of controls like motor output and suspension settings with ease.
While it’s doubtful that the EV-STER Concept will make it into production, it’s likely to influence many of Honda’s future vehicles.
One vehicle that’s confirmed to be going into production is Honda’s Urban SUV Concept. Having made its debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it’s a small, fuel-efficient SUV with sleek, dynamic styling, and a design that’s clearly coupe-influenced. It’s shorter than the CR-V, making it a good choice for drivers in the city. The Urban SUV Concept will be launching in Japan in 2013 and the United States in 2014 — though it will likely have a different name.
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