Mondo-chic EV Concept from Honda
As autofieldblog readers know, we are fans of electric vehicles (EVs). Heck, for our first-ever “Car of the Year” we selected the Nissan LEAF we think they’re so important. And while we think the Tesla Roadster is an extremely sweet-looking car*, we’ve got to say that this concept—designed at Honda’s Research and Design facility in. . .Milan (yes, it is hard to imagine something with this much panache coming from anywhere else)—the Honda 3R-C is the coolest EV not on the road today.
Yes, it is a one-person three-wheeler, though certainly not a tricycle. The battery electric drivetrain and mounted so there is a low center of gravity, which contributes to better stability.
The clear canopy serves as a windshield during driving and covers the driver’s seat when the 3R-C is parked. The high sides of the vehicle are designed to provide impact protection. One can only assume that impacts might occur with other 3R-Cs or, maybe, Segways. . . .
* Yes, this, too. . .
The historic plant has built—and is building—a lot of cars in its 70-year run of commercial vehicle production. Today, with the e-Golf and the GTE, it is making what are arguably the most-advanced Volkswagens out there.
The little car that could still can. And this time as a car that not only gets great fuel economy, but which has ride and handling that makes it more than an econo-box (and its styling is anything but boxy).
Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for EVs, and falling costs and rising energy levels could keep them on top for nearly two decades.