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Honda EV-STER Headed Toward Production

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On: Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda EV-STER Headed Toward Production

Toyota has already set a clear goal of returning to its sporty roots. Now it looks as though it will be joined by one of the other Japanese Big Three. Not only does Honda have a new Acura NSX concept on the way to Detroit, but indications are that it will also be building a sporty electric two-seater based on the EV-STER concept it showed in Tokyo.

According to a conversation between Honda CEO Takanobu Ito and German magazine Auto Motor und Sport--a conversation we ran through Google Translate--Honda plans to build a production version of the EV-STER. While the concept was shown as a pure electric vehicle, Honda may offer it in both electric and gas varieties, helping to broaden the appeal of the sporty roadster.

The EV-STER concept (also referred to by Honda as the Small Sports EV Concept) uses a lightweight carbon design and 10 kWh battery pack to get around 100 miles of range. The concept also had user-adjustable settings like motor output and suspension. Honda listed acceleration at 5 seconds to 60 mph and charging time at under three hours.

The vehicle's launch could come as early as next year.

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda detailed a new family of green powertrains labeled "Earth Dreams Technology." One of those is an electric powertrain that Honda estimates will offer 123 miles of range and fast charging under three hours. Honda didn't detail other figures for the electric powertrain, but given the EV-STER's small size, it wouldn't have to be especially powerful to provide a sporty, green ride.

Another of the Earth Dreams Technology powertrains is expected to serve as the basis of the NSX concept. The SH-AWD powertrain uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine up front and two electric motors in the rear to provide all-wheel drive, V-8-like acceleration, and four-cylinder-level fuel economy.



Stephy21 | 9:16AM (Fri, Dec 23, 2011)

This car should be pretty sweet.

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