Japanese-based automaker Honda has unveiled two concept Honda 0 Series electric vehicles at the 2024 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Serving as precursor concepts to production models set to be released sometime in the future, the two concepts – the Saloon sedan and the Space-Hub van – utilize a new Honda electrification design and engineering approach. The EVs feature a design philosophy called “The Art of Resonance,” various ADAS and automated driving goodies, and a highly efficient battery, among other items.
“The mobility we dream of is not an extension of the trend of ‘thick, heavy, but smart’ EVs,” Honda Global CEO Toshihiro Mibe was quoted as saying. “We will create a completely new value from zero based on thin, light and wise as the foundation for our new Honda 0 EV series to further advance the joy and freedom of mobility to the next level.”
The sedan concept can be considered the flagship concept model. Sitting on a dedicated EV platform, a production vehicle based off this concept is expected to reach North American shores by the 2026 calendar year.
“We have gone back to basics and formulated the Honda 0 Series with a design for the new era,” Honda Global EVP Shinji Aoyama stated. “A bold and pure proportion that from the first glance is overwhelmingly different from other EVs to evoke a new perspective for people.”
It’s worth noting that the Japanese-based automaker also announced a new EV-exclusive “H” badge.
Upon release, this new Honda 0 Series of EVs will serve as direct rivals to General Motors’ Ultium-based products. With that in mind, the timing of this announcement comes at an interesting point, as the two automakers recently canned a project to co-develop affordable electric vehicles together.
In regard to GM specifically, The General has yet to announce an all-electric sedan for the North American market.