Honda’s new EVs redefine futurism on a whole different level

Honda has shown its commitment to its next generation of EVs.
  • Honda has lifted the curtain on two EV concept cars at CES in Las Vegas
  • The concept models are called the “Space-Hub” and “Saloon”, which the first production “Honda 0 Series” EV will be based on
  • The Japanese automaker plans to launch a new lineup of EVs that will begin arriving in North America in 2026

Published on Jan 12, 2024 at 2:19PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Jan 22, 2024 at 7:47PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones
New Honda EVs redefine futurism on a whole different level

Honda has revealed not one, but two, new EV concepts at the CES tech event in Las Vegas.

Dubbed the “Space-Hub” and “Saloon”, these concept models are what the first production “Honda O Series” EV will be based on.

The Japanese automaker plans to launch a new lineup of electrified vehicles that will begin arriving in North America in 2026.

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According to Honda, the new “O Series” range of vehicles are being developed under three core principles: “Thin, light and wise.”

Honda CEO, Toshihiro Mibe, said: “We will create a completely new value from zero based on thin, light and wise as the foundation for our new Honda 0 EV series to further advance the joy and freedom of mobility to the next level.”

Apparently the automaker plans to launch the first model of the Honda 0 Series, which will be based on the Saloon concept, in North America.

Japan, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and South America will then see model introductions.

The Saloon is a sleek, futuristic-looking vehicle with a large open-mouthed front like resembles a basking shark.

It certainly catches the eye, and is further exemplified by neon lighting around its edges and a redesigned Honda “H” in the center.

At the back, there’s another large indented rectangular area with red lighting around with “Honda” in the center.

As is typical of the concepts we’ve seen of late, like the Apple car, the Saloon features a minimalistic cockpit.

And just like the Tesla Cybertruck, it also features a yoke-style steering wheel.

To hop inside, a large falcon wing door opens upwards from the roof of the vehicle.

The Space-Hub is best described as a minivan which includes the same design characteristics as the smaller Saloon but in larger formats.

For example, its interior features a similar cockpit, however, the back has lounge-type seating.

Both EV concepts appear to be designed to feature autonomous driving capabilities, with the steering yoke able to retract into the dashboard.

Honda claims 0 Series will first feature an advanced driver-assistive system based on technologies first developed in Japan.

That will be followed by a next-generation “automated driving”, or AD system.

As for specifications or performance expectations, the automaker didn’t give any – but it did reveal projections for recharging.

Apparently, 0 Series models launching in the late 2020s will be capable of fast charging from 15 percent to 80 percent in around 10 to 15 minutes.

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