New Honda Sports EV & Riding Assist-e Motorcycle To Arrive In Tokyo
Honda has announced it will unveil an all-new, electric Sports EV Concept, accompanied by the just debuted Urban EV Concept and also NeuV Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in October.
There are no details yet about the car, but the teaser reveals an external design that it is likely to be popular – given the reception to the similarly style Urban EV.
“Catching the eye with a striking silhouette, friendly face and supple body surfaces, all designed to ensure the car blends into any lifestyle, the Sports EV Concept will have its world premiere in Tokyo.
The development team designed the sporty electric car to deliver a feeling of joy and emotional unity to the drive, achieved by efficiently combining the EV powerunit and AI technology in a compact bodyshape.”
The two other concepts noted were presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show (Urban EV) and CES (NeuV).
Urban EV Concept
Following a rapturous reception to its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Urban EV Concept will make its first appearance in Japan.
Based on a newly-developed electric vehicle platform, its simple design and compact proportions are ideal for modern city driving. A communicative front grille displays battery charge status, driving advice and greetings in multiple languages, while the wrap-around interior display conveys a friendliness with the driver designed to inspire an emotive attachment. The production version will arrive in Europe in 2019.
The NeuV was first revealed in January at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, showcasing an electric mobility concept for the commuter. Equipped with the brand’s artificial intelligence engine – Honda Automated Network Assistant– its autonomous driving capability incorporates driver monitoring to determine driver stress from facial expressions and tone of voice, in order to support safer driving. NeuV learns about the driver’s lifestyle and preferences over time, so that it can suggest new routes and activities, realising a natural relationship between driver and machine.
The Japanese manufacturer has also developed an electric motorcycle – the Riding Assist-e, which seems to not only be electric, but also self-balanced.
Honda Riding Assist-e (World premiere)
The Honda Riding Assist-e features Honda’s unique balance control technology, developed through its humanoid robot research. The motorcycle automatically balances itself at very low speeds, reducing rider load. This model makes riding easier, and more fun. The Riding Assist-e is powered by electric motor, and marks a step towards realizing Honda’s vision of “enjoying the freedom of mobility” and “a carbon-free society.”
Our feeling overall is, although we like the styling and design of many of Honda’s concepts, we would be a lot happier at this point to see a viable plug-in model hit the stage that is production-intent. C’mon Honda, make with the EVs already, it isn’t 2011 anymore.