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Honda EV-STER Electric Concept Car Could Make It To Production

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2011 Honda EV-STER Concept live photos

2011 Honda EV-STER Concept live photos

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Two weeks ago, Honda unveiled the EV-STER Electric Sports Convertible Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, along with its new Earth Dreams range of eco-friendly engines, drivetrains and advanced drive technology.  

Now we learn that Honda could be about to use the EV-STER as the basis for a production roadster that would launch in Japan as early as next year. 

The news comes courtesy of German Auto Motor und Sport, which claims Honda CEO Takanobu Ito revealed that the Japanese could be working on a EV-STER-inspired roadster during a recent interview.

If an EV-STER-like production roadster was built, the German magazine also reports that it would be offered with a choice of powertrains: all-electric, or traditional gasoline. 

As our own Viknesh Vijayenthiran previously noted, the diminutive two-seat convertible -- which measures well under 12 feet in length -- could make an excellent modern-day version of the popular Honda CRX sports coupe from the 1980s. 

And the EV-STER could easily play the part of a super-sexy modern-day CRX, offering Honda a next-generation platform to replace the current 2012 Honda CR-Z Hybrid Sports Coupe

But as we’ve said before, the EV-STER Concept doesn’t have the kind of performance you’d associate with a sports car, taking an agonizing 5 seconds to reach 37 mph. In order to be truly marketable, Honda would have to make it reach 60 mph in the same amount of time or less. 

Honda hasn’t officially confirmed that the EV-STER will make it into production as a super-sleek, green sports car, but given the fact that Honda is keen to improve its eco-image, anything is possible. 

 

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Comments (6)
  1. What we don't need from Honda is to hype some niche EV concept like this roadster that might or might not hit the market some day in some form. What we do need is it to bring it's rave reviewed Fit EV to the market for sale in large numbers rather than lease in very low numbers.
     
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  2. perfect a mundo
     
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  3. absolutely
     
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  4. No, we need niche cars like this, your not going to win over any skeptics if they keep introducing electric cars as five door hatchbacks. We will need electric cars that are fun to drive as well. The sooner EVs are able to cover all car catagories the better.
     
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  5. Very weird looking. Wait for the Franz von Holzhausen designed Tesla roadster. THAT will be, in all likelihood, the convertible
    to own. I really don't think the world is eager for any more sub 100 mile range niche cars (like the Fit EV), judging by the underwhelming public response to the Leaf. Honda seems to understand what many do not : that large volume EVs are waiting for cheaper batteries.
     
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  6. underwhelming response ? how do you figure that one ?
     
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