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Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Honda Combines Sportiness And Green Powertrains

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On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 1:48PM | By: Chris Weiss


Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Honda Combines Sportiness And Green Powertrains

There are two ways to really get us excited about electric vehicles. Either design EVs that can drive just as far or farther than gas vehicles on a single charge or design sporty, performance-oriented cars that show that EVs can be more than tiny, boxy commuters. Honda's upcoming Small Sports EV Concept goes the latter route, showing what we hope will one day be an electrically driven Honda convertible.

Similarly, the Honda Advanced Cruiser-X concept puts a sporty package around a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The Small Sports EV packs sporty curves into a pint-sized, two-seat roadster package. While Honda hasn't provided the specs of the car just yet, it's clear from looking at it that it should have spry handling and ample performance thanks to its tiny size (and weight).

Honda has not yet detailed the exact configuration of its electric motor(s) and battery but should offer more information when Tokyo begins later this month.

While the Small Sports EV Concept shows that cars can be all-electric and sporty, the Honda AC-X concept shows that sportiness translates just as well on a plug-in hybrid. The AC-X drives through a mixture of 1.6-liter gas engine and electric motor that combine to offer 620 miles of total range on a single charge/gas tank and about 100 mpg.

The AC-X also gets curvy, sporty styling, sharing some elements with the Small Sports EV Concept like the front-end, wheels and blue lights. Out back it builds on the design language of the CR-Z and Insight Hybrid.

We'll see more of these concepts when the Tokyo Motor Show gets started on November 30.


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Stephy21 | 10:03AM (Wed, Nov 16, 2011)

I really like this car it looks really nice and they are trying to go green with a sports car awesome.



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