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A fresh look for future Honda electric vehicles with sedan and space hub concepts

Against the backdrop of CES in Las Vegas, Honda gave a first look at its 0-series (Zero Series) electric vehicles, which are scheduled to come onto the market in 2026 – in the form of two new, eye-catching electric vehicle concepts.

The two concept vehicles, called Saloon and Space-Hub, are a racy-looking car with a Kammback profile and a larger, more upright van or station wagon – both are built on the principle of “man-maximum/machine-minimum”, with the center of gravity in a thin, light and fashionable way.

Unlike Honda’s latest round of forward-thinking EV concepts – including the Honda E that resulted, and the Honda Sports EV Coupe that wasn’t built – none of these models appear to use retro influences from Honda’s history of internal combustion engines.

Honda 0 saloon concept

Honda 0 saloon concept

The sedan has a very distinctive front section with a recessed front section in which there are apparently sensors and air intakes. Very thin horizontal headlights sit where the front contour meets the windshield, all part of a continuous and very slim side pillar that curves up to the rear of the vehicle, which remains high for aerodynamic reasons.

Honda 0 saloon concept

Honda 0 saloon concept

Inside the sedan concept, triple clamp-style steering appears ready to retract into the dashboard to enable future autonomous driving features, while the seats appear low and a very long windshield appears contoured, likely also for maximum aerodynamic benefits ensures.

Honda 0 space hub concept

Honda 0 space hub concept

The Space Hub, on the other hand, shares some of the same design influences, but is in many ways a reimagined minivan with a rather low ride height but a tall, spacious cabin and very wide rear door openings. An interior rendering from Honda shows a huge, wrap-around lounge area in the rear with a transparent roof and large side windows.

Both models have no rear windows and appear to rely on camera systems for rearward visibility.

Honda's revised H logo for electric vehicles

Honda’s revised H logo for electric vehicles

Honda also announces that with the 0-Series models it is launching a new version of the Honda “H mark,” which symbolizes two outstretched hands, and will be carried on future Honda electric vehicles.

Honda promises the 0-Series models will offer advances in battery efficiency, performance, design and automated driving technology. It will also feature next-generation automated driving features with AI – with these features being offered in cheaper versions and on a larger scale.

While the bold, fresh designs stand on their own, perhaps the most notable point is that Honda claims to dramatically improve battery and electric drive efficiency – and longevity. The 0-Series models will feature a “high-density battery that provides long range with minimal battery size,” Honda said. Honda’s 0-Series electric vehicles, coming later in the decade, will provide 15-80% DC fast charging in just 10-15 minutes, according to Honda, in a schedule that marks the introduction of the first electric vehicle in the world Apparently excludes the year 2026.

Additionally, Honda says it aims for less than 10% degradation in battery capacity after ten years of use – meaning these EVs should still offer 90% or more of their original range after a decade.

Honda also says it is developing a software operating system for its 0 Series models that will study driver behavior and “enhance the driving experience,” as well as helping provide additional support to destinations.

Honda currently has no electric vehicles in the US market. But until the middle of the year Honda Prologue 2024a model that shares GM’s Ultium powertrain technology and was built in the same factory as the Chevy Blazer EVis expected to arrive.

Expect more details on the technology and design of these electric vehicles soon – including which of these upcoming models it might be Built in the USA.

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