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2012 Honda EV-STER revealed

08 Mar 2012 News

2012 Honda EV-STER revealed

Honda has always been good at small sportscars, and with downsizing and efficiency increasingly important on both manufacturers' and buyers' agendas, the EV-STER concept looks set to please all sides.

Honda has always been good at small sportscars, and with downsizing and efficiency increasingly important on both manufacturers' and buyers' agendas, the EV-STER concept looks set to please all sides.

The EV-STER is Honda's embodiment of a super environmentally friendly roadster. With an all-electric powertrain in a small two-seat chassis, the futuristic EV-STER is pretty damn cool.

The EV-STER has been designed to Japanese Kei-car regulations, which means a maximum length of 3.4 metres and a maximum width of 1.48 metres. As such, the EV-STER is roadster concentrate, personified. Like a slightly enlarged go-kart, we reckon it'd be a hoot to pilot, with its joystick controls, too.

As a result of the Kei-car regs though, the EV-STER could get a more humdrum 46kW 660cc three-cylinder engine instead of hi-tech all-electric drive. We can't help thinking it'd be a missed opportunity to create what looks to be a cracking little roadster if it really does end up with only 46kW on tap.

The EV-STER's electric motor will catapult the car from 0-100km/h in five seconds dead, while a 160km/h terminal velocity and 160km range should be attainable. Honda reckons the car's battery pack can be fully charged in two hours with a 200-volt connection, rising to three hours with a 100-volt electric input.