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Honda EV-N concept - click above for high-res image gallery

Honda's new CEO Takanobu Ito started off his tenure at the head of the company today by unveiling a new plug-in battery electric concept. The EV-N showcar hides its futuristic electron pumping powertrain in a decidedly retro bodystyle thanks to a design reminiscent of the subcompact 600N of the Sixties.

Honda has yet to reveal much in the way of technical details about the diminutive hatch, but we do know it uses lithium-ion batteries and the electric motor drives the front wheels. The car can be started with a fob called the Loop that incorporates a display showing the driver know the battery pack's state of charge.

Not enough pint-size fun for you? Each of the EV-N's doors features a pocket that holds one of Honda's gyro controlled, omnidirectional U3-X unicycles.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      But can you pick it up and turn it sideways in a parking space? That's what we used to do with a teacher's 600, back in high school. That is, until she learned her lesson and started parking in the faculty lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing! Honda designed a car that looks like...a car! They are finally getting it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new retirement community golf-cart.

      Not a bad thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously. This would be a perfect city car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      very cool.
      As some of the others have mentioned, it is nice to see an electric vehicle that doesn't look like something from the Jetsons, and also nice to see honda depart from their current design themes...which seem to be boring and dull.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that car looks scary at night. The grille's got this creepy green glow right behind it, and the lights have this off-green/blue hue. It's the first car that really did look like it wanted to kill me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this. Brings me back to my dad's old Honda CVCC. If the US makers can bring back retro, I don't see why the JP makers shouldn't try to do the same.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks pretty cool, another option in the electric car world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love it
      • 5 Years Ago
      not that it would be straight ugly but i think i'm getting fed up of those boxy things
      • 5 Years Ago
      The shape reminds me of a Trabant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Hello Kitty car.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cooler/cuter than a mini. Driving this car could have similar results to walking around your college campus with a newborn puppy.
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