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Honda 3R-C Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda's bringing a concept car to the Geneva Motor Show that you would more expect to see in the design student gallery section – or Tron Legacy – than on a major automaker's platform. The 3R-C concept is a three-wheeled, battery-powered single-seater. We're going to assume the seating position in the rendering is a slight error of scale or that there's something more complex going on, otherwise, we don't know how the driver would see above the controls. At first we were confused about the driving position, but a belatedly complete set of press photos explains that the headrest-looking thing is actually a backrest...

It will be joined by the EV-N concept that is debuting in Europe for the first time, but that cute little number was initially shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. Follow the jump to read about both electric offerings, and check them out in the galleries of high-res photos below.

[Source: Honda]


Honda 3R-C concept World Debut at Geneva International Motor Show 2010

The revolutionary Honda 3R-C concept will make its world debut in Geneva, alongside the EV-N concept which makes its European debut at the show.

Both the three-wheeled 3R-C concept, which envisions a single occupant vehicle for zero emission commuting, and the EV-N urban concept, draw on Honda's vast working knowledge of vehicles utilising electric motors.

This revolutionary three wheeled battery electric vehicle concept shows what a future minimal urban transport vehicle for one person might look like. The battery electric drivetrain is mounted low in the three wheeled chassis, therefore keeping the centre of gravity low and thus improving stability.

The 3R-C has a clear canopy that covers the driver's seat while it is parked and not in use. When 3R-C vehicle is in motion, the canopy becomes an enveloping wind-shield that provides the pilot, who sits low in the vehicle, with significant protection from the bodywork and doors.

The high sides of the safety shell seat give greater safety to the occupant, reducing the threat from side impacts and improving weather protection. In front of the driver is a lockable boot area, which gives significant secure storage for luggage or other items. The 3R-C's designers created a flexible cover that surrounds the upper torso to reduce exposure to bad weather and improving comfort.

The 3R-C study was created by European designers working at Honda's Research and Design facility in Milan.

The EV-N concept, which has only previously been shown at the Tokyo Motor Show will make its European debut in Geneva.

The EV-N is a battery electric vehicle study, which evokes the spirit of the diminutive 1967 N360 city car. Honda designers have incorporated Honda's own solar panels in to the roof of the concept, to charge the car while it is parked. Two of Honda's U3-X, electric personal mobility devices are attached to the inside of each door. The two-door EV-N concept is envisioned with a Lithium ion battery pack, and small electric motor for predominantly urban use.

FCX Clarity
The two concept vehicles will be displayed alongside Honda's production fuel cell electric vehicle, the FCX Clarity. The World Green Car winner is being leased by customers in Japan and the US, who are experiencing the range, performance and practicality of this unique zero-emission vehicle. Two of the bespoke hydrogen fuelled vehicles are now permanently stationed in Europe for long-term research purposes. Alongside research work, the pair of FCX Claritys are being demonstrated at events like the COP 15 climate summit in Copenhagen, and the Berlin Climate Conference. The FCX Clarity shows Honda's continuing commitment to fuel cell electric vehicles as the ultimate zero harmful emission mobility technology.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Any one stupid enough to ride in one of these things is nuts. Well maybe if you want to take your life in your hands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      better than a toy(let)ota! lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      "We're going to assume the seating position in the rendering is a slight error of scale or that there's something more complex going on, otherwise, we don't know how the driver would see above the controls."

      You must see this picture: http://ecocidade.tumblr.com/post/409230010/honda-3r-c-concept

      On your picture you have the Honda 3r-c closed!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems to be too massive, and dorky to be a three-wheeled semi-enclosed scooter. I get what manufacturers are getting at with these concepts, but all so far emphasize dorkiness over purity.

      The Cam-Am is the best 3-wheeler so far. Honda has to look deeper, to their minimal 50cc cub scooter - and wilder, to their RA172 F1 car. This is like some 80's anime take on a future that never came to pass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the 3rd pic DEFINITELY needs to be ADDED in order to understand this. i got a much better appreciation of the concept once i saw how it was ridden.

      good design, i love function and form of the windshield/cover when parked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The canopy is really just a windshield that slides back to cover the seat when not in use. It's basically a fancy scooter. Lame.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Carver is out of business, IIRC...

        And it was backwards. Two rear wheels requires a more complex drivetrain, and tilts the wrong way, and is inherently un-stable on one front wheel.

        A three wheel vehicle should have two front wheels as this honda concept does, and a simpler single powered rear wheel, where the FRONT suspension tilts.

        this vehicle's trailing pivot suspension looks very interesting. I would be very interested to see how the guts of that front suspension work behind the wheel like that.

        But the sit-up-and-beg seating position isn't ideal. I would suggest a longer, lower vehicle, with a recumbent driving position, more like the recent tube-frame go-cart thing that was featured here on autoblog a couple of days ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugh, that's a shame. I'd love someone to make a motorcycle-based three-wheeler with full weather protection.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And a car is a fancy tractor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just once I'd like to see a concept car that looks like it would survive a crash-test.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just thinking what would happen if the "windshield" decided to close while driving...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd take this over the CR-Z.

      The only problem is the horrendous lack of frontal visibility... but who needs that anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Besting looking Honda in quite some time.

        • 5 Years Ago
        So.. honda's just given up on their cars and will only give us decent looking things in the form of never to be produced cars. rrr. whoever worked on this, why not let them, u know, fix acura or something.

        It's kinda telling and sad that we get trike concepts like the GX3 from VW of all people, and overgrown segway concepts from honda. what the hell has happened.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But will we be getting a Type-R version of it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't worry, they'll make a Type-R version of it...

        ...just so you can have the "R" and "VTEC" stickers on the back to proudly display the fact that it makes no power until at least 5000rpm.
        • 5 Years Ago
        5000 rpms? More like 15000.
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