Before the Tokyo Motor Show, we talked a little bit about Honda’s electric sports car concept, which Honda is calling the “EV-STER.” Honda is indeed taking their idea to production, likely starting in 2012. Check out the gallery below for pictures of Honda’s design.
Quick and Electric (Mostly)
The electric version of the EV-STER has a 100-mile range with a top speed of 100mph, according to Honda. Note use of the phrase “electric version” – Honda CEO Takanobu Ito told Auto Motor und Sport that a classic gasoline-powered version of the car is also potentially viable.
Honda isn’t stopping there – they’re also expected to introduce an economical all-wheel drive compatible with electric motors at the Detroit Auto Show in January. A V6 combustion engine and a 30 kW electric motor combine to power the front axle, while the rear axle is driven by two separate 20 kW electric motors. The all-wheel system is installed in a Honda Accord while in development, but its premiere in Detroit is supposed to be in a new super sports car.
It’s All About the Green
The EV-STER and the all-wheel drive are part of a marketing campaign that should significantly reduce Honda’s fleet consumption over the next few years. Ito also said that CO2 emission reduction is Honda’s greatest challenge, adding that Honda also wants to be number one in minimal fuel consumption over the next three years. The goal? To reduce CO2 output by another 30% by 2020.
Other models expected to help Honda meet its goals include the small Honda Jazz – available in both Japan and the USA in 2012 – and a plug-in hybrid version of the Accord coming in 2013. New economical engines will be coupled with these low-consumption vehicles.
Planning on buying one of Honda’s fuel-efficient offerings? Let us know in the comments below the gallery.