Honda just revealed an incredible Sports EV concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year, Honda surprised everyone with its Urban Concept EV. It was probably my favourite car of the show, combining retro-styling with innovative design and sustainable tech, too. A few weeks later, Honda told us it’d be unveiling a similar, sport-orientated EV concept at the Tokyo Motor Show – and now it’s here.

Named the Sports EV, Honda’s latest concept takes everything we loved about the original design and makes it faster and sportier. Just like the original concept, the Sport EV features rounded square lights at its rear, and incredibly striking headlights, too.

However, the overall feel of the car is much more low-slung and sporty – thanks in part to a sloping rear roofline, venting on its extended bonnet – and its two seats. What’s more, there’s also a grille or air intake of sorts at the front, which again suggests power.

This time around, Honda hasn’t been that forthcoming about the specs, interior or possible release date of the Sports EV Concept. However, I’d expect it to have the same crazy interior and AI functionality as the Urban EV concept.

Honda has been developing products that will lead to the creation of a carbon-free society,” said Honda CEO Hachigo-san. “We will create products which will enhance convenience for the customer. This new Sports EV is a new proposal form Honda, developed to show the joy of driving in an electric car.”

Making EVs fun

Electric cars might be great for the environment, but they’ve always had one question hanging over them. “Are they actually fun to drive?” Tesla has tried to address that query with cars like the P100D and Ludicrous mode, but I think it’ll be the likes of Honda and Nissan that finally give us an answer.

Cars like Nissan Nismo Leaf and the Honda Sports EV are being made to convince customers that EV cars can be fun, sporty and enjoyable to drive. And if carmakers they can match the inherent torque of an electric powertrain with the agility, weight and handling of a sports car, I’m inclined to agree.

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