“EV-STER” The Next-Generation Compact Electric Spots Car by Honda
When I visited the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, I got a weird feeling that in spite of all the hypes about the Electric Vehicles, our good old fashion gasoline driven vehicles are here to stay for a long haul. How long exactly? No one knows, probably for another 20 to 30 years or even more. On the surface there are no competitions when it comes to fuel efficiency and zero-emission, but in reality lots of effort is going to make the gasoline engine more fuel efficient to meet the Japanese government criteria on fuel efficient society with set of deadline which is at the dismal level of 30% less CO2 emission in comparison to Zero offered by their EVs counterparts. EV conceptual vehicles in the show were all labeled as something fun to drive a mere marketing tactic to sell the sleek aero dynamic body with multitude of cool looking features that average consumers do not care so much about. Among some of these new concepts was Honda’s EV-STER electric sports car. The new EV-STER features an easy to operate twin-lever steering which was adopted in pursuit of the joy of driving. Furthermore, the new EV-STER allows its driver to make own adjustment such as motor output and suspension settings.
The new vehicle’s instrument panel features not only meters but among some other things, displays vehicle information and network display used for audio and navigation systems as well as internet access. The new EV-STER has an acceleration power of 0 to 60 km/h in 5.0 sec. It comes with battery output of 58kW and charging time of 200V for under 3 hours and 100V for under 6 hours. The vehicle comes with maximum speed of 160 km/h and maximum range of approximately 160 km. The new EV-STER is equipped with 10k Wh lithium-ion battery.