At CES 2024, Honda announced the 0 Series, which marks a change in the company’s approach to developing electric vehicles. The two concept models in this series—the Space-Hub and the Saloon—emphasize the “Thin, Light, and Wise” development concepts.
- Design and Performance: The Saloon is a two-box sedan that boasts a stylish body with a low, wide profile. For superior aerodynamics and a low floor height, an exclusive electric vehicle platform is employed.
- Innovative Technologies: By using Honda’s robotics experience, new steer-by-wire and motion control management technologies are combined. Posture control offers more enjoyable driving experiences.
- Interior Features: In keeping with the “man maximum, machine minimum” design philosophy, the roomy interior is enhanced by a cutting-edge human-machine interface (HMI) for simple operations.
- Battery Efficiency: A high-density battery has the ability to quickly charge from 15% to 80% in 10 to 15 minutes and is made to hold 90% of its capacity for ten years.
- Advanced Driving Assistance: This feature includes AI-based technologies for safety and hands-off operation capabilities, as well as Honda Sensing Elite with Level 3 automation features.
- Design & Concept: The area-Hub, dubbed an ultra-modern minivan, is designed to connect people and their environs by providing a flexible area. The design is futuristic and shuttlecraft-like, with an emphasis on connectivity and passenger experience.
- Features for Autonomy: The rear cabin is outfitted in a lounge fashion, indicating the possibility of autonomous operation. Its autonomous capabilities, however, are not covered in great length.
- AI and connectivity: To improve user experience, an AI-powered operating system that was developed internally is integrated to learn about the preferences and behavior of drivers.
- Fundamental Ideas and Characteristics
- The design concept known as “The Art of Resonance” is centered around the use of sustainable materials and emotionally charged designs to create designs that are harmonious with the environment, society, and people.
- Safety and Peace of Mind: Equipped with AI, sensing, and driver monitoring technologies, the advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) and Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities are provided.
- Connectivity: The emphasis is on using IoT and connected technologies to create a more personalized and intuitive driving experience.
- Driving Experience: Formula 1-inspired aerodynamic technology strengthen the focus on sporty driving characteristics and a sense of unity with the car.
- Electricity Efficiency: To provide a sufficient range with a small battery size, high energy efficiency with e-Axles for power conversion is the goal.
Toshihiro Mibe, Global CEO of Honda, emphasizes a shift away from the tendency of “thick, heavy” EVs and toward creating value from “zero” with a basis of being thin, light, and wise. In keeping with their brand tagline, “The Power of Dreams – How we move you,” Honda is committed to “zero environmental impact” and “zero traffic collision fatalities.” This strategy is in line with their goals.
Into the Future
With its Space-Hub and Saloon variants, the Honda 0 Series exemplifies Honda’s creative approach to the EV industry by fusing cutting-edge technology, safety, and a dedication to efficient, sustainable mobility. An important milestone in Honda’s EV journey is anticipated in 2026 when the Saloon enters the North American market.