Honda 0 EV series.
Honda has just unveiled a couple of new EV Concepts at CES in Las Vegas. Called “Saloon” and “Space -Hub”. They had shown a teaser a few days ago, and mentioned they would “Debut their new Global EV series”, which could have meant a new series of production models. Instead, what we see here is 2 very futuristic concepts that could be Rick Deckard and J.F Sebastian’s new cars in a Blade Runner prequel.
I think they do look great, and quite surprising for a Honda design. The company claims it will be launching an all-new 0Series model, based on the “saloon” we see above, in 2026 in the US! I cannot believe anything close to the saloon concept design will end up in a production car within 2 years. However, it would be great, and would really bring Honda to the forefront of modern car design. But I have doubts…
Here is the official word from Honda about the Saloon Concept:
“The Saloon is the flagship concept model of the Honda 0 Series. Sitting on a dedicated EV platform, the Saloon delivers on the Honda “M/M*1” man maximum/machine minimum packaging concept with its low and wide exterior coupled with a surprisingly spacious interior. Sustainable materials are used throughout the exterior and interior. Inside, the instrument panel features a human-machine interface (HMI) that enables simple and intuitive operations. With excellent visibility and a sporty driving position, the Saloon promises to deliver an unparalleled experience that truly connects the driver with the vehicle.
In addition to the new exterior and interior design, the Saloon also debuts advancements of new steer-by-wire and motion control management systems. Leveraging the company’s decades of expertise in robotics, the Saloon features posture control that will assist the driver in a variety of driving situations to realize the “joy of driving” in the EV era. A production vehicle based on the Saloon concept is expected to come to the North American market in 2026.”
And about the Space -Hub concept:
“The Space-Hub was developed under the theme of “augmenting people’s daily lives.” Realizing a spacious cabin and excellent visibility based on the “Thin, Light, and Wise” development approach, the Space-Hub offers a flexible space that immediately accommodates a variety of passengers and becomes a “hub” that connects people to each other and the outside world.”
The one thing that will not change in its transition to production, is the brand-new Honda logo that will be used for Honda’s future EVs. And I think it looks really good too. A very simplified version of the old classic Honda logo.
Honda also expects that new battery technology will allow the production versions of the new 0 Series to charge from 15% to 80% in 10 to 15 minutes. Battery degradation will also be minimized to 10 % after 10 years of use.
How close do you think the 0 Series sedan will be to the Saloon concept?