The future of Honda is upon us, with the Japanese carmaker revealing two new fully electric concepts that will preview its new line of EVs, set to launch in 2026.
Called the ‘Honda 0 Series’, the upcoming electric line-up seeks to breathe new life into the brand through a new design and engineering approach.
To give us an idea as to what we can expect, Honda pulled the covers off the Saloon and Space-Hub concepts at the CES 2024 tech show this week.
Starting with the former of the two, the Saloon sits on a dedicated EV platform and is constructed from sustainable materials inside and out.
To say the least, the Saloon’s exterior design unequivocally reminds us of the star car used in the 1980s sci-fi film ‘The Wraith’, that being the Dodge M4S, thanks to its continuous roofline from front to back. Step inside and you’ll find an equally sci-fi-like yoke-style steering wheel that controls a steer-by-wire system, along with plenty of visibility and a “sporty” driving position.
Honda plans to introduce a production version of the Saloon concept in the United States in 2026, after which it will then introduce other models in Japan, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East and South America. There’s no mention of us though sadly.
As for the Space-Hub concept, its purpose takes after its name, to act as a spacious “hub” for people to connect in. While that may leave you scratching your head, take just one look at the interior and things will start to make a lot more sense when you see its face-to-face passenger seating.
You may have noticed that both concepts sport a smart new Honda logo called the ‘H mark’, and that’s something you’re going to have to get used to as it will feature on all of the brand’s upcoming EVs.
The 0 Series is also said to feature a host of new technologies like automated driving features and artificial intelligence, as well as promising a “new level” of battery efficiency. Speaking of which, Honda says its next-generation batteries can fast-charge from 15 to 80 per cent in about 10 to 15 minutes. It also claims that battery degradation will be minimised, so much so that less than 10 per cent of capacity will be shed after 10 years of use.
Technical specifications have yet to be outlined, but the 0 Series models are confirmed to feature e-Axles.