Honda hosted an in-depth look at its future plans for electrification, both locally and globally, providing more details on how it plans to bridge the current scarcity of electric vehicles and the two million vehicles it plans to sell annually by 2030. As you can imagine, the watch – a long, full-fledged Powerpoint presentation Reporting dry numbers, battery plans, and several domestic market electric cars we’ll never see (and Honda didn’t show up) it was fairly standard business update fare.
Near the end of the show, Honda indicated that of the 30 electric cars it hopes to offer by 2030, among those are two sports cars, which are ridiculed in the photo above. Honda has not released any other information other than saying they are “electrified,” although it’s possible that these are plug-in hybrids or plug-in hybrids, given where the automaker is headed, it seems most likely that the cars are all-electric. Here’s what we know and what we can glean from that tantalizing preview, which mentions a “special model” and a “flagship model” without specifying which is which. So, we took a stab at sorting out the two:
The sports car on the left is what we think might be called a “specialty model”. Obviously, in a classic coupe-like front-engined rear-wheel drive, this one would definitely look special in a throwback way towards the end of the decade. We say it “mimics” a traditional sports car because, well, it would have a motor (or motors, plural) and could be mounted on a driven axle(s), not necessarily in the front of the vehicle. But you get the point. Whatever lies under that paper – New Era S2000? Kind of introduction? All-new nameplate – looks as seductive as all finished cars, with smooth bumpers, curved rear roof and Ferrari Roma Esque nose.
We imagine Honda will use the new e: Architecture platform, which is being jointly developed with General Motors for smaller, more affordable electric vehicles than the Ultium-based parts that will power Honda’s upcoming Prologue (and Acura-badged version) electric SUV. After all, preparing the Ultium for its first SUV is quite large. These sports cars don’t look exactly small – although it’s hard to gauge the scale except for the “H” badges that glow through the hoods that cover each car – but we don’t know much at this point.
The “flagship model” (read: the supercar)
On the right side of the teaser image provided by Honda, we can understand what could only be some kind of Acura/Honda NSX electric successor, which we will guess is talking about the “flagship” Honda. This mid-engine design (again, refers only to the shape, not the actual presence of the engine or its location in the chassis) is just as curved as the first sports car, but the chassis is lower, taller, and puts the cabin forward – again, much like From today’s NSX Hybrid.
We’re not sure what to do with the glowing green rings where the wheels will be, but perhaps the glow on both the front and rear wheels indicates that this sports car is all-wheel drive. The shape indicates a more purposeful and more expensive duty cycle of this sports car compared to the straighter cars, which are traditionally shaped on the left.
And frustratingly, that’s it. . what we know We’re glad Honda is committed to the “passion to deliver FUN to its customers” in the new world of electric vehicles (the capitalization is Honda, not ours). “The fun of driving will carry over to our models even in the age of electric cars,” the automaker says, adding that the two sports cars “will embody the world-class sporting mindset and distinctive characteristics of Honda.”