Honda EV-STER concept car (2011) first picsWed, 30 Nov 2011
Honda has recreated a Beat-style compact electric sports car at the 2011 Tokyo motor show - this stunning EV-STER concept car.
It's tiny, at just 3570mm long and 1500mm wide. And those compact dimensions mean the electric powertrain doesn't need to be too big to power this two-seater sports coupe.Honda EV-STER: what else do we know?
The Japanese have thrown everything they know at this sports car. Carbonfibre helps trim weight (although no figures are available yet) and the EV drivetrain showcases Honda's expertise in electric motors.
Honda claims a range of around 100 miles, although drivers can choose their power output. Select warp mode on the dial, and we suspect big gobbets of silent torque will diminish that range somewhat.I like the idea of a modern-day Beat...
So do we. Road test editor Ben Pulman, who's in Tokyo, drew the parallel - this is a tiny, K car style vehicle standing just 1100mm tall.
Honda says the EV-STER is capable of 100mph and will scuttle silently to 62mph in approximately 5.0sec.
The lithium ion battery is rated at 10kWh; Honda claims a full charge takes 'under three hours' on a 200v system.
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By Tim Pollard