Honda EV-N concept's only emission is cuteness

The Honda EV-N will be on display at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show as a part of Honda's "HELLO! Zone" electric vehicle showcase.

Honda EV-N concept
The Honda EV-N concept looks like a cross between a robot pug and an electric panda. Honda

Honda N 360
The EV-N pays homage to the Honda N compacts of the '60s and '70s. Honda

The Honda EV-N will be on display at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show as a part of Honda's "HELLO! Zone" electric vehicle showcase. While details about the power train are still fuzzy and vague, we do know that it's all-electric and is cute as a darn button. Here's what else we know:

The EV-N appears to be a futuristic homage to the Honda N 360s and N 600s of the 1960s and '70s. It is a microcompact with a short wheelbase and seating for four passengers (only two of whom will probably be comfortable). Solar panels on the roof will either supplement battery charging or supply power to auxiliary systems--similar to the 2010 Prius' solar climate control system.

The interior is where things start getting weird. At least one of the doors houses Honda's UX-3 robotic unicycle , which is a whole different sort of quirky. If you don't like the red fabric seating surfaces, don't fret. Just pop the panels out and replace them with a color or pattern of your liking.

Stay tuned to our continuing coverage of the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show for more details as they emerge.

 

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