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Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Honda's Sports EV is adorable

Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Honda's Sports EV is adorable”

Remember the exciting news of Honda planning a Sports EV Concept for the Tokyo motor show?

Now Honda has turned its attention to the small electric sports auto, with a new concept at the Tokyo Motor Show - the Honda Sport EV Concept, teased last month - and it's equally appealing. With its retro-modern looks and all-electric powertrain the Sports EV gives us a glimpse into Honda's electric future.

Yes, please Honda, build them - we'll go electric - I'll buy my wife an Urban EV and I'll go fetch the kid from school with the Sports EV Concept... and maybe we'll even save the planet in the meantime.

Where the Urban EV was angled as an inner-city mobility solution, this concept is clearly meant to appeal to a more enthusiast fan base.

It isn't clear whether the platform-sharing means the Sports EV would be rear-wheel drive, but electrification at least makes the packaging of such things a little easier. This is it. And although it's not the S2000 successor we've all been hoping for it does give us some hope there could be a dedicated Honda sports auto in the pipeline.

Honda has not revealed much info on the new Sports EV Concept, simply stating that it "combines EV performance and AI (artificial intelligence) inside a compact body with the aim to realise the joy of driving the user can feel with a sense of unity with the vehicle". Reiterating the role of hybrids towards eco-friendly mobility, he said, "We believe that plug-in hybrids will play a key role in this challenge and we, therefore, will introduce Clarity Plug-in hybrid, which we have already in North America this year, to the Japanese market in summer of 2018".



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