The Japanese automaker announced plans to launch two EVs under its 0 Series – Saloon and Space Hub.
Honda has announced its arrival in the electric mobility space with two concept EVs under its 0 Series. It has also showcased its new ‘H’ mark at the CES 2024 which will exclusively represent its future EVs. The Japanese car marque will launch its first EV under the ‘0 Series’ in 2026 in North America. Other global markets including Japan, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America will follow next.
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Honda 0 Series EVs
As per the official press release by Honda, the 0 Series will adopt a new approach – Thin, Light, and Wise – to offer five core values:
- Artistic design that evokes resonance
- AD/ADAS that ensures safety and peace of mind
- A “space” for people made possible by the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected technologies
- The joy of driving with the feeling of oneness with the vehicle
- Outstanding electricity efficiency performance
Honda 0 Series – Saloon
There aren’t too many details about either of these electric cars. But there is enough information to give us an idea of what to expect. Saloon will bear the low-slung sporty stance. The instrument panel features a human-machine interface (HMI) that facilitates straightforward and intuitive operations, achieving a sophisticated and seamless user interface (UI). With its thrilling visibility and user-friendly UI, the Saloon aims to deliver an enjoyable driving experience that aligns with the driver’s sensibility.
Furthermore, the Honda Saloon is designed to let the driver have more control in different driving situations, thanks to technologies like steer-by-wire and advanced motion management. It’s part of Honda’s 0 Series and focuses on giving people the best driving experience with electric vehicles. The car also uses eco-friendly materials for both the inside and outside, making it a unique model that connects with users and cares for the environment.
Honda plans to introduce Level 3 automated driving in their vehicles. They also aim to significantly reduce the time it takes to charge the car’s battery, from 15% to 80%, down to just 10-15 minutes. Additionally, they want to minimize battery wear and tear to less than 10% after 10 years of use, something quite uncommon in the industry.
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Honda 0 Series – Space Hub
Interestingly, the details regarding the Space Hub concept EV are even more scarce. But Honda claims that the cabin is spacious and adaptable with great visibility. The inside looks impressive, with two rows of seats facing each other, plenty of space in between, and blue lighting along the sides. The standout feature is the panoramic roof that covers the entire length of the car. Needless to mention, the design language is certainly futuristic.
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Learn Electric Cars Says
While it might seem like Honda is late to jump onto the EV bandwagon, in the grand scheme of things, starting in 2026 is not too late. Sure, other legacy car brands and startups have already taken huge leaps in the last couple of years. Nevertheless, this is not a 100 m sprint, but rather a marathon for decades. As long as companies are ready to transition, we are certain that every carmaker will reach the finish line.
Intriguingly, there might not be any particular endpoint. In fact, the process of metamorphosis, as per the changing times and technology, will carry on forever. We shall keep an eye out for further development in this domain as and when Honda reveals more.