Honda plans to set itself apart from its rivals by making its first electric car “fun to drive” according to its president Takanobu Ito.
Honda is displaying an advanced version of its Jazz-based EV Concept at the Frankfurt motor show, ahead of it going on sale in Japan and the US next year.
“Our long history with electromotive technologies has enabled us to understand customer requirements,” said Ito. “In Honda’s view an electric vehicle must offer great utility and be fun to drive.”
The production car will have a top speed of 90mph, a 100-mile range and a three-mode driving system, derived from the Honda CR-Z sports hybrid’s system. This means the driver will be able to select between economy, normal and sports modes to maximise efficiency or acceleration. Sport mode is said by Honda to give the car the equivalent performance of a Jazz fitted with a two-litre petrol engine.
Honda has also confirmed the five-seat EV will be powered by lithium ion batteries and a coaxial electric motor when it goes on sale. A full charge from a 240-volt outlet will take six hours, says Honda.